March 6, 2011
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Miami erupted for 20 runs and 13 hits in game one of a doubleheader with Lehigh Sunday, but had to settle for a split with the Mountain Hawks. After a 20-2 victory in opener, the RedHawks fell behind early in the nightcap, then saw their rally come up short, 6-5.
Miami (4-5) started strong in the opener, tallying three runs on two hits and a walk in the bottom of the first. Ryan Brenner drew a 10-pitch walk, then stole second and third. On the latter theft, the Lehigh catcher Chad Warga threw the ball in to left field, allowing Brenner to score for a 1-0 lead. After a flyout, Bryan Beaver walked before Kyle Weldon launched back-to-back doubles, adding two more runs.
The RedHawks broke the game open in the second, plating six more runs, all with two outs. Brenner started the rally with a two-out single before Jon Edgington and Beaver walked to load the bases. On the next pitch, Weldon fouled off the pitch, but Warga was called for catcher's interference driving in a run. The error was costly as Bryce Redeker cleared the bases with a 1-1 drive to left center, increasing the lead to 8-0. On the next pitch, Adam Weisenburger followed with a blast over the left field wall, chasing Mountain Hawk starter Mike Burke (0-1).
After a rocky first, Melling was in complete control. He allowed two of the first three batters he faced to hit safely, but settled down for a popout and ground out. The leadoff hitter in the second singled, but then the senior set down 15 straight batters. He finished the game giving up only three hits, while striking out four, for his third win in as many outings.
Meanwhile, the RedHawks continued to add on runs, scoring four in the fourth, two in the fifth and five in the sixth. Miami benefitted from 10 walks from four Lehigh pitchers. Redeker finished 2-for-2 with five RBIs in the contest, while Weldon drove in three.
Lehigh (4-3) returned the favor in the second game, tallying three runs in the bottom of the first. But Miami answered with a single run in their next turn at the plate. Redeker singled, then later came home when Ryan Kaup hit a fly ball that was dropped in left field.
Miami chipped away slowly to get back in the game. Three straight baserunners in the sixth made the score 6-3. Weldon walked on after fouling off three straight full-count pitches, then Redeker tripled to left center. Makuch followed with a single to left to close the game to three.
In the seventh, the RedHawks were poised to complete the comeback. With one out, Bryan Beaver, Weldon and Redeker all singled for the first run. Makuch grounded out for to bring in Weldon, but Weisenburger lined out on a 3-1 pitch to end the threat. Lehigh starter Jordan Warncke (1-0) picked up the win, holding Miami to just two hits through five innings.
The RedHawks continue play tomorrow afternoon, facing Yale at 3 p.m.