March 25, 2009
DAYTON, Ohio--Miami University's baseball team got out of the gates quickly and rolled to a decisive 16-5 win at the University of Dayton (12-10) on Wednesday afternoon. The RedHawks (9-10) used four multiple-run innings to propel them to the 11-run win.
Five RedHawks had multiple-hit days. Sophomore second baseman Jon Edgington and senior first baseman Tommy Nurre had superb days at the plate. Nurre was 4-for-5 with four runs and two RBIs, while Edgington went 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Senior catcher Eric Darlage recorded three hits, while senior left fielder Chris Nadeau and senior third baseman Jordan Petraitis tallied two hits apiece.
Miami took a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first when Petraitis crossed home on a Dayton throwing error. Junior designated hitter Zak Hatfield hit an RBI-single to center field to plate Nadeau, while a Darlage RBI-single scored Nurre.
Dayton responded in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs of its own to even the score, 3-3.
The game remained knotted until the RedHawks cranked out four runs in the top of the third to take a lead they would not relinquish. A Darlage RBI-single scored Nurre, and a wild pitch allowed sophomore shortstop Brad Gschwind to score. An Edgington RBI-single plated Darlage, while a senior center fielder Ben Eubank single scored Edgington to give Miami a commanding 7-3 lead.
Dayton's Myles Swartzel opened the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo home run over the right centerfield fence to put the Flyers within three runs, 7-4. Miami tacked on one more run in the top of the fifth inning when Edgington scored off a Flyer fielding error to give the RedHawks an 8-4 lead.
Miami extended its lead in the top of the eighth inning, collecting three more runs. Nurre doubled down the right-field line to plate Petraitis. With bases loaded, Nadeu crossed home plate on a fielder's choice, and an Edgington single in the next at-bat plated Nurre to give Miami an 11-4 advantage.
The Flyers scored one run in the bottom of the eighth inning to make the score 11-5 in favor of the RedHawks.
But Miami was not finished.
A pair of home runs in the top of the ninth inning pushed the RedHawk lead to 14-5. Petraitis drilled a two-run shot over the left centerfield fence, also scoring sophomore right fielder Adam Eaton, while Nurre hammered a solo home run over the left field fence for the RedHawks. Darlage tripled to score sophomore pinch hitter Kyle Weldon and then scored himself on a wild pitch to put the Miami lead at 16-5.
Freshman pitcher Jordan Jankowski struck out three of four Flyer batters in the bottom of the ninth to end the game. Redshirt freshman pitcher Ryan Campbell earned the win, throwing 0.2 innings in relief, to move to 1-0 on the season. In all, Miami used nine pitchers and the RedHawk hurlers amassed 12 strikeouts while walking just four Flyers. As a team, Miami produced an impressive 17 hits.
The RedHawks return home, playing their first games at McKie Field at Hayden Park when they host Eastern Michigan University in a three-game Mid-American Conference series this weekend. Friday and Saturday's games are set for 6 p.m., while Sunday's game is scheduled for 1 p.m.