RedHawks Close Out Series with 14-12 Win at Bowling Green
April 26, 2009
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Sunday's conclusion to the series between Miami University's baseball team (21-18; 11-7 Mid-American Conference) and Bowling Green looked very much like the previous two games. In windy conditions, both teams combined for 26 runs as the RedHawks came from behind to defeat the Falcons, 14-12.
Bowling Green (20-17; 10-7 MAC) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on Derek Spencer's fourth home run of the series in the bottom of the first inning.
The lead did not last long, however, as sophomore catcher Adam Weisenburger (Plymouth, Minn.) hit his second home run of the season; a line drive that skimmed over the left field wall and scored senior designated hitter Eric Darlage (Powell, Ohio) to tie the game at two apiece in the top of the second.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Falcons recaptured the lead on a solo home run by Mark Galvin, the third long ball of the game and 23rd of the series.
Not to be outdone, the RedHawks again tied it up on a leadoff home run by senior third baseman Jordan Petraitis (Canal Fulton, Ohio), his fifth of the season and second of the series.
Spencer struck again in the bottom of the third with his second two-run home run of the game that gave the Falcons a 5-3 lead. A fielding error allowed Bowling Green to plate one more run in the inning and pull ahead 6-3.
Miami cut the lead to two in the fifth inning when Darlage hit an RBI single up the middle that plated sophomore right fielder Adam Eaton (Springfield, Ohio).
The RedHawks tied the game in the sixth inning when Eaton launched a triple that scored freshman left fielder Patrick Glass (Upper St. Claire, Pa.) and freshman center fielder Ryan Curl (Columbus, Ohio). It was the 12th time in 16 plate appearances that Eaton had reached base in the series. Eaton scored two batters later on a wild pitch that gave Miami a 7-6 lead. An RBI fielder's choice by Darlage scored Petraitis two batters later and pushed the RedHawk lead to two.
But Miami was not done yet. The very next batter - Weisenburger - smacked a two-run double that scored Darlage and senior first baseman Chris Nadeau (Saline, Mich.). Weisenburger later scored on an RBI single by sophomore second baseman Brad Gschwind (Cincinnati, Ohio) that made it 11-6 in favor of Miami. The seven runs scored in the inning was the most by the RedHawks since the March 27 game against Eastern Michigan when Miami scored eight in the first inning.
The Falcons put six runs of their own back on the board in the bottom of the sixth, reclaiming the lead, 12-11. Ryan Shay hit his fourth home run of the series in the inning, a three-run blast that hit the scoreboard in right centerfield. After scoring a combined 13 runs in the sixth inning, neither team was able to put any runs on the board in the seventh and eighth innings.
The big hit of the game came in the top of the ninth off the bat of Curl. With one out and runners on first and second, Curl laced a double into the right centerfield gap that scored freshman pinch runner Ryan Brenner (Kirtland, Ohio) and Glass and put the RedHawks on top, 13-12. A sacrifice fly from Petraitis plated Curl to make it 14-12 going into the bottom of the ninth inning. Senior reliever Jamaal Hollis (Chicago, Ill.), who came into the game in the eighth inning, stayed in for the ninth to close out the Falcons and capture his third win of the year.
Weisenburger paced the RedHawks at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Nadeau, Darlage, and Curl also tallied multi-hit games for Miami in the victory.
On the series, the two teams combined to score 84 runs on 99 hits in the ferocious Bowling Green winds that allowed 26 baseballs to leave the park.
The RedHawks return to action Tuesday when they travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face former Miami coach Tracy Smith and the Indiana Hoosiers. The first pitch on Tuesday is set for 4 p.m.
1. Adam Weisenburger - 7-for-10, 2 HR, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 4 R, 1.500% Slugging