RedHawks Drop Illini, 9-4
March 15, 2008
BRADENTON, Fla. - Miami University's baseball team used a four-run fifth inning to earn a 9-4 win over Illinois in Bradenton, Fla. Saturday afternoon. Juniors Chris Nadeau and Blake Chaffee and freshman Adam Eaton drove in two runs apiece and senior Matt Erwood earned his first win of the season.
The RedHawks jumped on the board in the third inning as a lead-off double by senior Evan Armitage and a single by freshman Jon Edgington placed runners on the corners with nobody out. Nadeau lined a double to center field, which plated Armitage, but Edgington was tagged out trying to score from first base. However, the RedHawks could not bring home Nadeau, but the RedHawks took a 1-0 lead into the fourth inning.
In the fourth, a single by Chaffee, followed by a hit by pitch from junior Josh Hula gave Miami runners on first and second with nobody out. Eaton dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position and during the next at bat, Armitage hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Chaffee and increased Miami's lead to 2-0.
After Erwood retired the side in order in the fourth inning, Miami tacked on four more runs in its half of the sixth inning to expand its lead to 6-0. Just like the third inning, a lead off double followed by a single put runners on the corners with nobody out. Junior Jordan Petraitis singled through the right side to drive in a run leaving runners on first and second with nobody out. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners up a base and a batter after that, Hula lined a single down the left field line to bring home another Miami run. Eaton was the next batter and he smacked a double into the alley in left field that scored Petraitis from third base and Hula from first base to increase the Miami cushion to 6-0.
Illinois responded with a run in the fifth, but Miami bounced back and scored two runs in the sixth to swell its lead to 8-1. Edgington was hit by a pitch and stole second before Nadeau drew a walk. A fielder's choice erased Edgington and moved Nadeau to second base and Darlage to first. Petraitis walked to load the bases and two batters later, Chaffee delivered a single to left field that plated Darlage and Petraitis.
Erwood again retired the side in the sixth inning before Miami added another run in the seventh inning. With one out in the inning, Armitage was hit by a pitch, before stealing second base. After a strikeout, Nadeau singled to centerfield and Miami's lead grew to 9-1.
Illinois scored one run apiece in the final three innings, but the RedHawks went on to defeat the Fighting Illini, 9-4.
Miami scored a season-high nine runs on 14 hits. Erwood struck out a career-high six batters in seven innings of work as he earned his first win of the season.
The RedHawks continue their Spring Break trip in Bradenton, Fla., when Miami takes on Northern Iowa at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 16.