Miami Baseball Downs Bearcats for Second Straight Day
May 12, 2010
OXFORD, Ohio - For the second consecutive day, the Miami University baseball team defeated local rival Cincinnati, as the RedHawks used strong defense and seven Miami hurlers limited the Bearcats to just one run en route to an 8-1 victory Wednesday evening at McKie Field at Hayden Park. The RedHawks (25-23) also topped Cincinnati (25-25) 7-4 on Tuesday night in Cincinnati, but fell to the Bearcats, 3-2, in the teams’ first meeting this season on April 14.
Senior starter Jamaal Hollis (Chicago, Ill.), making just his second career start as a RedHawk, earned the win (1-3), tossing three innings of scoreless ball while giving up three hits with a walk and strikeout each. UC starter Kevin Johnson (1-2) suffered the loss, giving up six runs, but just one earned, on five hits with a pair of walks and six punch-outs.
Miami out-hit Cincinnati, 10-8, but also took advantage of three Bearcat miscues, which led to five unearned runs. Junior second baseman Jon Edgington (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the ’Hawks at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles while totaling a trio of RBI and scoring once. Junior shortstop Ryan Kaup (Chandler, Ariz.) also notched three hits, including his first triple, and scored twice while junior center fielder Adam Eaton (Springfield, Ohio) extended his hit streak to a career-long 15 games on a single while stealing two bases, driving in two runs and scoring a pair, as well.
The RedHawks took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, as Eaton scored from first base on a double down the left field line by Edgington, who later crossed home on a failed pickoff attempt by the pitcher that got away from UC’s first baseman after freshman catcher Nate Bowles (Dayton, Ohio) was intentionally caught in a rundown.
Miami tacked on four more runs in the fourth with the help of two errors. The ‘Hawks filled the bags when a groundball got away from the Bearcat second baseman and a wild pitch permitted the first run to cross. Eaton then slapped a two-RBI single through the right side for the next two tallies and followed by stealing two bases while the throw to get Eaton out at third sailed into the outfield, allowing him to complete the four-run outburst.
Another double down the left field line by Edgington, this with two outs in the sixth frame, drove in Kaup and freshman third baseman Cory Klenke (Coldwater, Ohio) to put Miami on top 8-0. The Bearcats broke up the shutout in the eighth as an infield single to short by right fielder Justin Riddell scored second baseman T.J. Jones, but Cincinnati didn’t threaten in the ninth as Eaton closed out the game on the hill (his first pitching appearance of the season) to secure the 8-1 victory.
The RedHawks now return to league play for their final road games of the regular season as they head north for a three-game series with the Buffalo Bulls from Friday to Sunday at Amherst Audubon Field. First pitch Friday is set for 3 p.m. while Saturday’s and Sunday’s games start at 1 p.m.