Pair of Big Innings Spark Miami Baseball to 9-4 Victory Over Purdue
May 8, 2007
OXFORD, Ohio - Sophomore Eric Darlage homered and drove in three runs and eight different RedHawks notched hits as the Miami University baseball team (26-17; 13-6 MAC) downed the Purdue Boilermakers (19-24; 8-13 Big Ten), 9-4, Tuesday afternoon at McKie Field at Hayden Park. Miami scored four runs in both the third and fifth innings and had Darlage, senior Jeff Carroll and junior Chris Niro each post three-hit games to pace the RedHawks' offense.
Purdue jumped on top of Miami, 2-0, in the top of the first inning as it plated a pair of two-out runs. After the first two batters of the game were retired in order, Ryne White singled and was brought home on Dan Black's double off the base of the wall in left centerfield. Drew Madia then added a bloop RBI single to rightfield, allowing Black to score from second.
The Boilermakers extended their lead to 3-0 in the top of the second on John Moore's two-out, solo home run to leftfield.
A four-run third inning helped Miami turn a three-run deficit into a 4-3 lead. Junior Evan Armitage started the rally with a one-out double into the rightfield gap, and senior Brandon Hillier reached base after he was hit by a pitch. A fielder's choice put runners at the corners with two outs, but sophomore Chris Nadeau came up with a clutch two-out single, plating Armitage and giving Miami its first run of the game. Darlage then followed with a three-run home run that snuck just inside the leftfield foul pole, as he blasted the 0-1 pitch from Ricky Heines for his fourth home run of the season. The long ball upped Darlage's season RBI total to 27.
Knotting the game at 4-4 in the top of the fourth, Purdue used Nick Overmyer's one-out squeeze bunt to draw even with Miami. Overmyer's bunt scored Eric Osborn, who singled to lead off the inning.
Armitage pulled Miami back in front, 5-4, in the bottom of the fourth with his one-out sacrifice fly. After sophomore Blake Chaffee reached on a fielder's choice, a line-drive single from junior Chris Niro off the glove of Purdue first baseman Ryne White put runners on the corners. Armitage followed with a medium-depth flyball to the gap in left centerfield, and it was deep enough to allow Chaffee to tag up and score from third standing up.
Four Miami runs in the bottom of the fifth pushed the RedHawks' advantage to 9-4. The big inning started when sophomore Jordan Petraitis extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a bloop single to centerfield, and after a wild pitch, a fielding error on Nadeau's groundball put runners at the corners with no outs. After a popup, Carroll laced a line drive to centerfield that a diving Jon Moore was unable to come up with, and the ball rolled all the way to the fence, giving Carroll a two-RBI triple. Back-to-back hit batters loaded the bases, and Niro's RBI single and Armitage's second sacrifice fly of the game pushed across two more runs and gave Miami a five-run cushion.
Senior starting pitcher Jeff Day was lifted after 6.0 innings and compiled a solid stat line after a shaky start. After allowing three runs in the first two innings, Day (1-2) held the Boilermakers to one run over his final four innings, earning his first win of the season.
Three Miami relievers combined to toss three scoreless innings, with junior Bobby Oberschlake, freshman Chase Stewart and senior Bailey Pratt closing out the Miami victory. Stewart and Oberschlake pitched a perfect seventh and eighth inning, respectively, while Pratt scattered a pair of ninth inning singles but did not allow a run.
Armitage (2-for-3), Darlage (3-for-5), Carroll (3-for-5) and Niro (3-for-4) each notched multi-hit games, while Armitage (2 RBIs), Darlage (3 RBIs) and Carroll (2 RBIs) each had multi-RBI outings.
Miami returns to action tomorrow when it travels to face the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. in Cincinnati.