Six-run Seventh Leads to 13-8 Victory
April 18, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -- Kevin Bower drove in three runs, including two during six-run seventh, as Miami powered past Dayton 13-8 Wednesday night at McKie Field. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the RedHawks, moving them back to within a game of .500 at 18-19.
Bower, Bryce Redeker, Nate Bowles and Scott Slappey each had a pair of hits as Miami reached double figures in hits (11) for the fourth straight game. Dayton's leadoff hitter, Bobby Glover, had three of the Flyers' 11 hits.
Miami answered a first-inning run by Dayton with one of its own. Brenner beat out an infield grounder to first, then stole second. Two batters later, he scored when Bower hit into a fielder's choice. In the second, the RedHawks capitalized on three Dayton errors for three runs to open a 4-1 advantage. Nate Bowles reached and scored on infield miscues, while Redeker capped the scoring with a two-run single up the middle.
But Dayton struck for five runs in the third to quickly move back in front. A double and four straight singles led to the first three runs, while two wild pitches by Miami starter Clay Cinnamon led to a fourth tally later in the frame. Ryan Powers retired 11 of the next 13 Flyers, including the first two he faced to end the threat.
Meanwhile, the RedHawks continued to add runs. A two-out double by Slappey plated Dan Walsh in the third to make the score 6-5, then a throwing error on Redeker's steal of third base tied the game at 6-6.
Miami took the lead for good with its biggest seventh-inning of the season, six runs on four hits. John Crummy singled on a 1-2 count to start the frame, then was lifted for pinch runner Ryan Curl. Nate Bowles and Dan Walsh both beat out sacrifice bunts to load the bases, forcing Dayton to the bullpen for its third pitcher of the game. Parker Schrage induced a grounder to short, but it was booted, putting Miami up 7-6. Then, he hit a batter and walked in a run to make the score 9-6. After an RBI on a Matt Honchel fielder's choice, Redeker walked to set up Bower's two-run double to deep right field.
Dayton tallied two runs, one unearned, on three hits in the 8th to close to 12-8, but Miami took advantage of a walk and three hit batters, all in succession, to add an insurance run.
Brian Thene (2-0) retired all three batters he faced in the seventh to earn the victory, while Tommy Konrad fell to 3-3 after allowing four runs over 3.0 innings of relief. Five Dayton pitchers hit seven RedHawks, while walking four others.
On the other side, five Miami hurlers struck out six and walked only three.
Miami continues its nine-game homestand this weekend when it welcomes Bowling Green to Oxford for a Mid-American Conference series.