Eighth Inning Surge Propels RedHawks to 9-8 Win at Dayton
March 27, 2007
DAYTON, Ohio--Trailing through seven innings of play, Miami University's baseball team (12-9) used a four-run eighth inning to propel itself past the University of Dayton (7-14) in a 9-8 win over the Flyers at Time Warner Cable Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Dayton took a quick 3-0 lead in the game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Jeff Carroll was walked to start off the top of the second inning for the RedHawks. Singles by senior Dan Leonard and junior Evan Armitage loaded the bases, and Carroll scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Josh Hula to put the Red and White within two of the Flyers, 3-1.
Miami further closed the gap in the top of the third inning when sophomore Jordan Petraitis blasted his first home run of the season in the first at-bat for the RedHawks in the top of the third to put Miami within one run, 3-2. Dayton was able to extend its lead in the bottom of the inning, tacking on two more runs to take a 5-2 advantage.
Both teams went scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings. Sophomore Eric Darlage singled to start off the sixth inning for the RedHawks and Carroll hammered his first career home run to again pull Miami within one run, 5-4.
Dayton posted one run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-4 lead, but the RedHawks came back in the top of the seventh to again move within one run of the Flyers, 6-5. Darlage doubled to start things off for the Red and White in the top of the seventh and Carroll singled to put runners on the corners for the RedHawks. A Leonard single allowed Darlage to cross the plate and put a run on the board for the `Hawks in the seventh inning.
After holding Dayton scoreless in the bottom of the seventh, Miami came out with an eighth-inning surge to take its first lead of the game. Hula and freshman Gary King singled to start off the top of the eighth inning. A senior Brandon Hillier single up the middle scored Hula and put runners on first and third for the RedHawks. Petraitis hit a one-run single to score King, and a sophomore Chris Nadeau one-run single scored Hillier. With two outs and runners on second and third, Armitage singled to allow Petraitis to score and put the RedHawks at a 9-6 advantage.
Dayton came back in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring two runs to pull within one run of the RedHawks, 9-8, but neither team would score in the ninth inning as Miami went on to collect its fifth straight win.
Miami, which has compiled an impressive 46 combined hits in its last three games, amassed a season-high 17 hits against the Flyers.
Carroll paced the RedHawks at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Junior Steve Antoniotti pitched 1.1 innings in relief, giving up just one hit and no runs to earn his first win of the season, while freshman closer Reece Asbury earned his third save on the year in 2.0 innings of work.
Miami returns to McKie Field and Hayden Park for the first of four home games this week when it hosts Eastern Kentucky University at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28.