March 18, 2003
BRADENTON, Fla. - The Miami (6-9) baseball team wrapped up its Spring Break trip to Florida on Saturday, March 15, with a doubleheader sweep against the Rhode Island Rams, who had defeated the RedHawks earlier in the week. Senior David Cook (Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) went 5-for-8 from the dish to extend his hitting streak to a team-best four games.
The Red and White dug itself an early hole in the first game when URI posted five runs in the first inning. Freshman hurler Matt Long (Granville, Ohio/Granville) allowed nothing greater than five singles in the first frame, but the Rams kept moving around the bases as they staked themselves a 5-0 lead.
One run in the bottom of the first, and then three more in the second, brought Miami within striking distance of the Rams, 5-4. Sophomore Brian Canada (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) started the rally in the second inning with a one-out double down the leftfield line, which was followed by a base on balls to put men on first and second. An RBI single by freshman Will Reynolds (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) scored Canada from second, and then Cook finished off the inning with a two-run single to center field.
The Rams added one more run in the fourth inning to take a 6-4 advantage, but Miami notched two runs in the fifth inning to tie the game, 6-6. With junior righthander Matt Raguse (Florissant, Mo./St. Louis CC) dealing on the mound, the RedHawks were back in the game with Cook leading off the bottom of the sixth inning. Cook led off with a bunt single and immediately stole second to move into scoring position. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Cook crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Mike Ferris (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kentucky) to give Miami the 7-6 decision.
With momentum on their side, the RedHawks knocked around URI in the second game for six runs in the first three innings. A two-run triple by freshman Jason Brown (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) in the second frame accounted for Miami's third and fourth runs, respectively, while a two-run single off the bat of senior Zach Schmidt (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) in the third gave Miami a 6-0 lead.
The Rams touched up freshman southpaw Graham Taylor (Villa Hills, Ky./Dixie Heights) for two unearned runs in the third to narrow the Miami lead to 6-2. Taylor was tough on the hill, however, tossing five solid innings of six-hit ball and striking out six URI batsmen.
Miami scored for the fourth-straight inning when it knocked in three runs in the fourth frame. Cook doubled and made his way around the diamond on a fly ball and wild pitch to score the first run of the inning. The next two RedHawk runs were courtesy of junior Ryan Edginton (Chester Springs, Pa./Malvern Prep) who connected for his first home run of the season, giving his team a 9-2 lead.
Each team added one more run in the sixth inning as the RedHawks finished the sweep with a 10-3 victory.
After a 3-4 record over Spring Break, the RedHawks return home this week to host Xavier on Wednesday, March 19, at 3 p.m. in their home-opener at Stanley G. McKie Field.