March 28, 2007
OXFORD, Ohio--Another big inning lifted the Miami University baseball team to its sixth straight win as the RedHawks defeated Eastern Kentucky University 6-4 on Wednesday evening at McKie Field at Hayden Park. The RedHawks, who had their fourth straight double-figure hitting effort, scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to overtake the Colonels (12-9-1). Miami has won nine of its last 10 games to move to 13-9 on the season.
Eastern Kentucky took a quick 1-0 lead off three hits in the top of the first inning. The Colonels carried a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning before the RedHawks captured a 4-1 advantage.
Sophomore leftfielder Chris Nadeau reached first on a fielding error by the first baseman to start the inning for the Red and White, and he was moved to second off a senior first baseman Jeff Carroll single. With two outs and runners on first and second, junior right fielder Chris Niro belted a single to right field, plating Nadeau. Sophomore catcher Josh Hula hit an RBI single, scoring Carroll, and advanced to second on the throw home, placing two runners in striking distance on second and third for the RedHawks. Junior second baseman Evan Armitage drilled his third double of the season to allow Niro and Hula to cross the plate and give Miami a three-run edge.
Two EKU runs in the top of the fifth inning put the Colonels within one of the RedHawks, 4-3. Miami, however extended its lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Niro doubled to left field to start the inning for the RedHawks. Hula hit a one-run single to score Niro and give the Red and White a two-run cushion.
In the top of the eighth inning, EKU was able to score one run to pull within one of the RedHawks, 5-4, but senior right handed pitcher Bailey Pratt--who came in with one out, one on and the game-tying run at the plate--was able to get out of the inning, catching two batters looking to preserve the RedHawk lead.
With one two out in the bottom of the eighth, senior centerfielder Brandon Hillier reached first and advanced to second on a throwing error by the second baseman. Sophomore shortstop Jordan Petraitis singled to score Hillier and extend Miami's lead to two runs, 6-4. The RedHawks held the Colonels scoreless in the top of the ninth to earn the win.
In his third start of the season, sophomore right handed hurler Robert Shannon pitched 7.1 innings to move to 2-0, while junior Bobby Oberschlake pitched 0.1 innings to earn his first save of the season.
Niro paced the RedHawk offense, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs.
Miami resumes Mid-American Conference play, hosting Ball State in a three-game series March 30-April 1. Friday's game is slated for 6:30 p.m., Saturday's game is scheduled for 5 p.m. and Sunday's game is set for 1 p.m.