March 9, 2007
AUSTIN, Tex. - The Miami University baseball put together timely hitting, solid defense and quality pitching this evening to upset perennial college baseball power and the current No. 13 ranked University of Texas Longhorns Friday night at Disch-Falk Field. Junior right hander John Ely (Homewood, IL/Flossmoor) led the way throwing a complete-game seven hitter.
The RedHawks who struggled putting runs on the board last week at Evansville didn't have any problems with No. 13 Texas Longhorns, scoring twice in the first and second innings to take a 4-0 lead out of the box.
In the first inning, Brandon Hillier (Hinsdale, IL/Central) was the first RedHawk to reach base after being hit by a pitch from Texas hurler James Russell. Chris Nadeau (Saline, MI/Saline) moved him over to second a batter later working the count full and taking a free pass. From there junior designate hitter J.D. Mynhier (Lake Forest, IL/Lake Forest) singled up the middle, plating both Hillier and Nadeau.
After sending seven batters to the plate in the first, the top of the order kept things going in the second. After the No. 9 hitter Blake Chaffee (Hudson, OH/Walsh Jesuit) doubled to right center with one out, lead-off man Evan Armitage (Milford, OH/Milford) then tripled back up the right center gap and driving home Miami's third run of the game. Hillier, who started the first inning rally, knocked a single through the left side to drive in Armitage and give the Red and White a 4-0 advantage.
Miami continued to scratch together runs two frames later in the fifth, adding a run on a fielding error by the Longhorns. The RedHawks went up 6-0 an inning later when Chris Niro (Walton Hills, OH/Walsh Jesuit) singled and Chaffee scored him one batter later with his second double of the night down the right field line.
Texas finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning when right fielder Kyle Russell hit a one-out homer over the right field fence. In the eighth, he repeated his feat, pulling UT to within four, 6-2. That would be it for the Longhorns as Ely closed out the next four batters for the win.
Ely threw the complete game for the RedHawks for his first win of the season (1-1). He finished with six strikeouts and four walks while giving up just two runs on seven hits.
The RedHawks move to 3-4 on the season with all three wins coming against ranked opponents (2-1 versus No. 22 Winthrop to open season). The Longhorns and RedHawks tangle again tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.