RedHawks Take Two from Morehead State
March 17, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -- Scott Slappey's pinch-hit single past third in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted Miami to a 6-5 victory and doubleheader sweep of Morehead State Saturday afternoon at McKie Field. Combined with a 3-1 victory in the opener, the RedHawks (11-7) extended their winning streak to seven games.
Slappey bounced a 2-0 pitch past a drawn-in third baseman to plate Jacob Wolf, who started the inning with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and alertly took third on a ground out.
The Eagles (9-10) had tied the game with two runs in the top of the ninth off closer Nathan Williams. With one out, a hit batter, double and walk loaded the bases. A wild pitch closed the gap to 5-4 and moved the runners to second and third. An intentional walk set up the force play and sent Miami coach Dan Simonds back to the bullpen. Brandon Adkins struck out the first batter he faced and got a induced a grounder to short, but the throw was late to second and the tying run came home.
Miami opened a 2-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Bryce Redeker and fielder's choice by John Crummy. Morehead State cut the lead in half with a run in the third, but the RedHawks struck back with an unearned run in the fourth for a 3-1 advantage. Ryan Brenner's infield single plated Matt Honchel, who reached on a error.
The Eagles tied the game at three by taking advantage of two RedHawks errors in the sixth. Both runs were unearned. But Miami struck back in the seventh on an RBI double by Redeker and run-scoring single by Wolf.
Adkins picked up the win to improve to improve to 2-0, while Matt Robertson suffered his third loss in as many decisions.
In the opener, Miami rode the arm of starter Mac Thoreson (2-2). The junior allowed just one run in seven full innings, scattering five hits.
The RedHawks took a 1-0 lead in the fourth after Redeker walked and stole second. He came home when Crummy doubled down the left field line.
Morehead State tied the game with a run on a bases-loaded walk in the fifth, but Miami answered. Honchel singled and moved to third on a Redeker double. A groundout broke the tie before Crummy singled through the right side.
Matt Rosinski pitched the final two innings to earn his second save, while Morehead State starter Aaron Goe (2-2) took the loss despite allowing the three runs.
The two teams conclude their series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at McKie Field.