Miami Falls to Kent State in Series Opener
May 6, 2011
KENT, Ohio -- Senior Jon Edgington led a 13-hit attack with three singles and double, but it was not enough as Kent State grabbed the first game of a key Mid-American Conference, 8-6, at Schoonover Stadium Friday afternoon. The snapped Miami's eight-game winning streak, longest since the 2007 campaign.
Nine other RedHawks registered one hit, including Kyle Weldon, who drove in a pair of runs with a single in the fifth and a ninth-inning sacrifice fly. Derek Toadvine did most of the damage for Kent State with five RBIs, three of which came on a three-run homer in the sixth.
Kent State, ranked 28th in the country by Collegiate Baseball, plated an unearned run in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead, but Miami answered with single tallies in the second and third to take the lead. Adam Weisenburger started the second with a his fifth home run of the season, a shot to left. One inning later, Edgington and Ryan Brenner singled with one out. Edgington stole third and came home on a throwing error by the catcher.
The Golden Flashes (31-12, 16-3) went ahead for good in the fourth with three runs. A leadoff double was followed by two outs, but starter Mac Thoreson couldn't escape the inning. He threw a wild pitch, then walked a batter before allowing another double that tied the game at 3. Toadvine singled to left, driving in a pair.
Miami (26-19, 13-6) closed to gap to 5-4 on an two-out RBI single by Weldon, but Kent State broke the game open in its half of the sixth. A leadoff double and a one-out walk brought Toadvine back to the plate and the No. 9 hitter delivered. He hit the first pitch over the fence in left center, ending the day for Thoreson (4-3).
An RBI triple in the seventh made the score 8-3 before Miami tried to rally. Leadoff hitter Ryan Curl doubled to left and took third on an an error before Ryan Kaup doubled. Edgington and pinch hitter Bryan Beaver singled for the second run, then a pair of flyouts closed the gap to 8-6. But Golden Flash closer Kyle McMillen got Weisenburger, the potential tying run, to fly out to center.
Andrew Chafin (5-1) picked up the win in relief of starter Ryan Mace, while the save was McMillen's 14th of the year.
The two teams meet again tomorrow afternoon in a 1 p.m. start.