March 6, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn Tigers jumped on top of the Miami University baseball team 7-0 early and the RedHawks were unable to recover, falling 13-5 Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park in front of 2,830 fans in the middle game of a three-game series. Auburn (8-2) knocked off the RedHawks (2-6) on Friday night as well, 14-9.
Miami was out-hit 16-10 in the contest, as the ’Hawks received two hits each from sophomore catcher Jordan Jankowski (McMurray, Pa.), freshman third baseman Cory Klenke (Coldwater, Ohio) and junior center fielder Adam Eaton (Springfield, Ohio), who clubbed his third home run of the year and had a pair of RBI. First baseman Hunter Morris went 4-for-5 at the plate to the lead the Tigers while catcher Ryan Jenkins tallied three RBI, as four different Tigers hit round-trippers in the game.
Auburn starter Grant Dayton (1-1) picked up the win on the mound, tossing 5.2 innings while allowing four runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts. Miami’s Reece Asbury (Centerville, Ohio) suffered the loss (0-2), allowing six runs in just two innings of work. Stephen Kohlscheen earned his second save of the year, working the final 3.1 innings and allowing just one run (Eaton’s longball).
The Tigers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning on center fielder Creede Simpson’s first home run of the year and an RBI single by shortstop Casey McElroy, but Miami prevented more damage by getting out of a two-on, one-out jam as sophomore right fielder Pat Glass (Upper St. Claire, Pa.) caught a deep fly ball and doubled up the Tiger runner at second base. An Auburn sac fly made it 3-0 in the second while four runs in the third, half of which came on a two-RBI double by third baseman Justin Bryant, put the Tigers on top 7-0.
Miami broke up Dayton’s perfect game in the fourth frame when junior shortstop Brad Gschwind (Cincinnati, Ohio) walked and the RedHawks got on the board later in the inning when Gschwind scored on a single up the middle by Jankowski to make it 7-1. The ’Hawks continued to chip away at the deficit in the fifth as Eaton plated Klenke, who had reached on a bunt single.
The Tigers gained the run back in the bottom of the fifth on a solo shot off the right-field foul pole from designated hitter Kevin Patterson to put the score at 8-2. Miami made it 8-4 in the sixth inning on an RBI single by junior shortstop Ryan Kaup (Chandler, Ariz.), his first RBI as a RedHawk, and an RBI double by Klenke, but back-to-back round-trippers by Morris and left fielder Brian Fletcher in the home half of the frame spurred a five-run sixth for the Tigers, that put them up 13-4.
Eaton’s second blast of the series in the top of the seventh made it an eight-run contest while Gschwind doubled and Jankowski singled later in the stanza, but Miami was unable to capitalize and didn’t threaten again, falling 13-5, as the Red and White stranded seven runners on base in the game.
The RedHawks and Tigers wrap up their series Sunday at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT).