March 14, 2007
Bradenton, Fla. - Sophomore left-hander Robert Shannon (East Liverpool, OH/Beaver Local) captured his first career win as a Redhawk, giving up just two earned runs and three hits while striking out two Fairfield University batters in five innings of work. Shannon's record goes to 1-0 on the year and Miami improves to 4-7 on the 2007 campaign.
Fairfield started the scoring in the top of the first inning when Patrick Hoban opened the game with a single to right field. Hoban would than advance to second on a Shannon wild pitch. After Peter Allen walked, the runners moved up a base on a passed ball. Brian Rudolph then singled to center, scoring both base runners. That was all the runs the Stags would produce.
The RedHawks bats came alive in the bottom of the third inning. Gary King (Brownsburg, IN/Brownsburg) led off the inning with a bunt single and advanced to second on a balk. Blake Chaffee (Hudson, OH/Walsh Jesuit) drew a walk and both runners advanced on an Evan Armitage (Milford, OH/Milford) bunt single. Brandon Hillier singled to center field scoring King and put the RedHawks on the board. Joradan Petraitis (Canal Fulton, OH/Manchester), Miami's leading hitter, followed with a single of his own to left, scoring Chaffee and Armitage. Hillier and Petraitis each moved over one base on a wild pitch. Back-to-back RBI ground outs by Chris Nadeau (Saline, MI/Saline) and Dan Leonard (Canfield, OH/Canfield) scored Hillier and Petraitis, respectively, giving the Red and White a 5-2 lead after three innings.
The RedHawks would strike pay dirt again in the sixth when Jeff Carroll (Columbus, OH/Bishop Watterson), who reached base via a walk, scored on an Eric Darlage (Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty) double to right center field. A balk moved Darlage to third, before King was hit by a pitch. A second balk in the inning would score Darlage and move King to second base where he would later score on an Armitage single to right, making the score 8-2 in favor of Miami. The six run lead would hold up as a trio of Miami freshman hurlers shut door on the Fairfield hitters.
Jimmy Gerlach (Columbus, OH/ Upper Arlington), Jamaal Hollis (Chicago, IL/Whitney Young), and Brandon Meister (Lincolnshire, IL/Stevenson) each made their collegiate debut in Miami uniforms. Gerlach threw two scoreless innings of hitless baseball, while Hollis completed one inning of work, striking out two batters and not allowing a hit. Meister retired the side for Miami in the ninth, striking out one batter.
The RedHawks will continue their Spring Break of baseball on Thursday with games against Northern Iowa at 2:15 p.m., and Vermont @ 7 p.m.