RedHawks Bounce Buckeyes, 12-4
April 6, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Senior Brad Gschwind and freshman Marcus Makuch each homered during a four-run second and Ryan Meyers allowed just two hits over five innings in his first start of the season as Miami pounded Ohio State 12-4 Wednesday night at Bill Davis Stadium. The RedHawks finished the game with 13 hits, the ninth time they have reached double figures.
Miami capitalized on its team speed throughout the night, stealing five bases and eeking out three infield hits.
Myers, who had thrown just 2.1 innings this season, struck out three and walked one to improve to 1-0. The one run he allowed was unearned.
Miami jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first as Ryan Brenner walked and stole second. One out later, as Kyle Weldon walked, Brenner stole third and came home when the throw sailed into left field. It marked the fourth time this season that Brenner had stolen both second and third in the same inning.
Ohio State answered to tie the game in the bottom of the first. A one-out double was followed by a slow roller to third that Andrew Willis threw into the runner. A balk brought home the run before Meyers retired the side.
The RedHawks took charge from there. Gschwind homered with one out to put Miami back in front. Jon Edgington followed with a double, then Brenner reached on an error by the Buckeye shortstop. Three pitches later, Brenner took off for second, but the ball sailed to the backstop, advancing Brenner to third and bringing home Edgington. Makuch hammered the next pitch over the fence in right center, giving Miami a 5-1 lead.
Meanwhile, Meyers, a redshirt junior continued to impress, running his consecutive outs streak to 10 before a throwing error in the fifth. Miami added one in the fourth on an RBI single by Makuch, then plated two in the fifth. Kevin Bower led off with a double to left center. Nate Bowles laid down a perfect bunt past the mound, putting runners on the corners. After a strikeout, Gschwind and Edgington each exectued successful squeeze plays to increased the lead to 8-2.
Ohio State looked poised to climb back into the game in the sixth, but Miami thwarted a rally. The Buckeyes loaded the bases with one out off Charlie Suich, forcing another call to the bullpen. Joe Neff walked in a run against the first batter, but got consecutive infield popups to end the rally.
The RedHawks finished the offensive outburst with three unearned runs in the ninth. Eight of the starters recorded at least one hit, led by Edgington with three. Makuch, Gschwind and Bower had a pair of hits.
With the win, Miami (15-14) moves above .500 for the second time this season. The RedHawks return to action this weekend with a conference road trip to Northern Illinois, beginning Friday at 4:05 p.m. ET.
NOTE: Fans can watch a rebroadcast of the game Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.