March 24, 2007
OXFORD, Ohio--A season-best seven-run eighth inning propelled Miami University's baseball team to a 12-2 win over the University of Toledo in the second game of a doubleheader at McKie Field at Hayden Park on Saturday evening. The RedHawks moved to 10-9 on the season and 2-0 in Mid-American Conference play, while the Rockets dropped to 6-8 overall and 0-2 in MAC action.
Miami's 12 runs, 16 hits and seven runs in the eighth inning were all season-best totals for the RedHawks.
Behind an Evan Armitage triple to right center and a Josh Hula sacrifice fly, the RedHawks got on the board first in the third inning, taking a 1-0 lead. Toledo came back to even the score in the top of the fourth inning, but Miami again regained the lead in the bottom of the inning. Jordan Petraitis was walked in Miami's first at-bat, and Eric Darlage singled up the middle to move Petraitis to third. A Jeff Carroll sacrifice fly allowed Petraitis to score and give the RedHawks a 2-1 lead.
Miami tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hula singled and then stole second to put a runner in scoring position for the Red and White. With two outs, Petraitis hit a one-run single up the middle to score Hula and increase the Miami lead to 3-1.
Toledo shrunk the gap, scoring a run in the top of the sixth inning to close within one run of Miami, 3-2.
Armitage belted his first home run of the season and the third of his career over the right field fence to start the seventh inning for the RedHawks and put Miami at a 4-2 advantage. Hula doubled to left center and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Gary King. A shortstop error allowed Hula to score and gave Miami a 5-2 lead.
Miami piled on the runs in the eighth inning. Carroll led off the inning with a double to right field and advanced to third off a Dan Leonard single. An Armitage single scored Carroll and put runners on the corners for the RedHawks. Leonard was out at third on a fielder's choice play, but Miami still had runners on first and second. King singled to score Armitage and put Hula on second. Hiller singled to score to Hula and advance King to second. With bases loaded after Petraitis was walked, Chris Nadeau nailed a two-run single to score Hillier and King. Petraitis was on third and Nadeau was on second with two outs when Carroll hit a two-run single, which capped the seven-run inning for the RedHawks.
Toledo was scoreless in the top of the ninth inning to give Miami the 12-2 win.
Connor Graham pitched 8.0 innings for the RedHawks, giving up just two runs off five hits and striking out six to move to 3-1 on the season.
At the plate, Carroll went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and one run, while Armitage went 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs.
Miami and Toledo will round out a three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m.