March 28, 2004
OXFORD, Ohio-After holding Ohio University's bats in check over the first two games of the teams' Mid-American Conference opening series, Miami University's baseball team (15-9, 2-1 MAC) lost its grip Sunday afternoon at McKie Field at Hayden Park, falling 9-3 and absorbing its first league loss.
The loss ended Miami's four-game winning streak, while the RedHawk pitching staff was shelled for a season-high 18 hits.
After a scoreless first inning in which Miami loaded the bases but failed to push a run home, Ohio seized the initiative in the second inning by loading the bases for center fielder Willie Walker. Walker ripped a two-RBI single up the middle, spotting the Bobcats a 2-0 advantage-their first lead of the series.
Miami got a run back in the bottom of the third when junior outfielder Sam Sellery lined a base hit down the first base line, scoring junior catcher John Slone, but the momentum would be short-lived. In the top of the fourth, the Bobcats, who totaled 11 hits through the first four innings, loaded the bases again and added two more runs when third baseman Brian Colopy, slapped a two-RBI single up the middle.
Trailing by three runs, Miami struck back in the fifth inning when junior first baseman Mike Ferris belted a double into right-center field, scoring Slone. Ferris would cross the plate later in the inning, when a fly ball by junior designated hitter Paul Frietch was dropped by the Ohio center fielder.
Ohio's bats came back to life in the top of the seventh inning, when a Willis double scored Colopy, who was 4-for-X on the day. Two RedHawk throwing errors would prove deadly, as Ohio plated two more runs in the inning to build its lead to 7-3.
Miami, which totaled only seven hits on the day, was silenced over the final four innings, while Ohio added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth to ice its fifth win of the season.
Slone led Miami on the day, going 3-for-4 while scoring two runs and tallying a stolen base. Sam Shorts took the loss, dropping to 2-1 on the year. Ohio's Rob Harmon earned the pitching win, going 4.1 winnings, striking out four and allowing two earned runs.