March 25, 2003
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The first tie in 22 years was recorded this afternoon at Xavier's Hayden Field as the Miami University (7-11-1) baseball team tied Xavier (8-11-2), 11-11, in a 23-minute rain delayed, darkness-shortened eight-inning contest. With nine total errors in the contest there were as many hit as runs, 22, between both teams as the RedHawks record their first draw since a 4-4 ballgame at Northern Illinois on April 24, 1981.
The contest opened with the Red and White taking an early 1-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, but the Musketeers responded with two runs of their own in bottom half of the frame. The RedHawks came right back in the second inning with two runs to regain the lead, 3-2. Sophomore Tyler Tabler (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) led off with a base on balls, and was brought home when sophomore Brian Canada (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) crushed his first home run of the season over the left-field wall.
The RedHawks added to their advantage with four more runs in the third inning to take a 7-2 lead. Senior Michael Carlin (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) led off with a walk, and quickly moved around the bases as Xavier's shortstop committed two errors on the next two Miami batters. After two outs were had by the Musketeers, junior Ryan Edginton (Chester Springs, Pa./Arizona State) finished off the inning with a three-run blast to left field.
Xavier rallied in the fourth inning for seven runs to take its second lead of the game, 10-9. Junior pitcher Matt Raguse (Florissant, Mo./St. Louis CC) walked the first two Xavier batters, allowed a single to load the bases, and then walked home the first run of the frame. Freshman southpaw Graham Taylor (Villa Hills, Ky./Dixie Heights) came in to put out the fire and retired two batters before allowing a single to James Schlosser, scoring two runs. Four more runs would cross the plate for the Musketeers as they scored seven times on four hits and two errors in the inning.
It appeared that the game would be a final at 10-9 as both teams sat through a 23-minute after the fifth inning, but the storm quickly passed and allowed play to resume. With one out senior Zach Schmidt (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) battled back from an 0-2 count to draw a base on balls, and slid over to second on an error by the shortstop on the at-bat by senior David Cook (Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales). Sophomore John Slone (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) brought the tying run, Schmidt, home with a single through the left side to knot the game at 10-10.
Xavier did not back down in the bottom half of the frame as it needed one swing of the bat by Mark Andres to regain the lead, 11-10. Andres took a 1-1 offering from freshman lefthander Sam Shorts (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard East) deep over the right-field wall for his third home run of the season.
As darkness was quickly overtaking the field, Miami needed to score in the top of the eighth inning. Sophomore Mike Ferris (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kentucky) led off with a double off the right-center field wall, and moved over to third base on a ground out to the right side of the infield. Pinch hitter, sophomore Paul Frietch (Montgomery, Ohio/Moeller), took care of the rest as his ground ball to first base was deep enough to score Ferris from third, tying the game at 11 apiece.
The game remained tied after the eighth inning as junior righthander Michael Gardner (Louisville, Ky./Louisville) notched the hold, as the RedHawks recorded their first tie since the 1981 season. Miami opens up Mid-American Conference action this weekend as it heads to Ohio for a four-game set starting on Friday, March 28.