March 20, 2007
OXFORD, Ohio - Coming out on the short end in a 14-inning marathon, the Miami University baseball team (7-9; 0-0 MAC) dropped its 2007 home opener to the Indiana State Sycamores (9-7; 0-0 MVC), 4-2, Tuesday afternoon at McKie Field at Hayden Park. After Miami knotted the game at 2-2 with a pair of sixth-inning runs, the two teams played to stalemate over the next seven innings before Ryan Bond's two-out, two-RBI single in the 14th plated the eventual winning runs for the Sycamores.
In a pitching duel that lasted four hours and forty minutes, five Miami pitchers allowed only two earned runs, as a pair of unearned runs eventually sunk the RedHawks in extra innings. Junior starting pitcher Chris Niro put together a quality outing, allowing two runs in 5.0 innings, while senior Jeff Day, junior Bobby Oberschlake and freshmen Reece Asbury and Bailey Pratt threw eight consecutive scoreless innings until Indiana State broke through in the 14th inning.
Both teams went quietly the first time through the batting order until Indiana State broke through with a single run in the top of the third inning. Niro appeared to retire the first three batters of the third in order, but a wild pitch on Chris Schmidt's swinging third strike allowed him to reach base. After Schmidt stole second and Marcus Artner walked, Brett Siegmund's RBI single to centerfield gave the Sycamores a 1-0 lead.
Miami put its first runner of the game in scoring position in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore Chris Nadeau walked with two outs and advanced to second base on a wild pitch, but Indiana State starting pitcher Matt Shelton ended the inning with a strikeout, keeping the Sycamores one-run lead intact.
The Sycamores tacked on another run in the top of the sixth as they extended their lead to 2-0, but Day kept Miami within striking distance by working out of a jam. Day came on in relief after Niro walked the first batter of the inning, and following a hit-and-run single from Bond that put runners at the corners, Sean Osborne's RBI groundout put Miami in a two-run hole. Day then made an athletic play off the mound as he cut down Bond at home on an attempted squeeze bunt, and an inning-ending groundout limited the damage.
After Shelton held Miami hitless through the first 5.2 innings, Miami finally broke through with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, as it knotted the game at 2-2. Freshman Gary King started the rally with a one-out walk and senior Brandon Hillier was then hit by the first pitch he saw, putting a pair of RedHawks on base. Another flyout put Miami down to its final out of the inning, but Nadeau responded with a two-out RBI single, plating King from second. A wild throw back into the infield from Indiana State centerfield Dave Brumagin allowed Nadeau to advance to second and Hillier to score all the way from first, as the ball trickled into no-man's land in between third base and the cutout around home plate.
Miami and Indiana State put up zeroes over the final three innings before the game went into extra innings. The Sycamores put runners on base in the 10th and 12th innings but came up empty, while Miami had runners on base in the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th innings and could not push a run across.
A two-out, two-run single from Indiana State's Ryan Bond pushed across the go-ahead runs in the top of the 14th inning. With runners on second and third, Bond worked to a 2-2 count before his opposite-field single plated the go-ahead runs. Miami was then retired in order in the bottom half of the inning.
Nadeau (1-for-5) had Miami's only RBI as the RedHawks managed five hits.
Miami plays its second of nine straight home games when it hosts the Xavier Musketeers tomorrow in non-conference action. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at McKie Field at Hayden Park.