April 3, 2005
OXFORD, Ohio - Behind freshman John Ely's (Homewood, Ill) second complete game of the season, the Miami University RedHawks (15-11, 4-2 MAC) took game three of a three-game series from the Marshall Thundering Herd (8-16, 3-3 MAC) by a score of 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. The win give the RedHawks their second consecutive series victory after taking two of three games from Ohio last weekend.
The RedHawks threatened to score in the bottom of the second inning, putting runners on first and third with no outs, but were unable to put a run on the board. Senior Brian Canada (Fishers, Ind.) flew out to right with two outs, stranding senior Paul Frietch (Cincinnati, Ohio) on third.
Miami put runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the third, but again came away empty handed as junior Eric Radley (Hermitage, Tenn.) was picked off second by Marshall's catcher and junior Ryne Robinson (Toledo, Ohio) was caught stealing, for just the fourth time this year.
Marshall took the momentum from holding Miami scoreless in the second and third and turned it in their favor in the top of the fourth. With a runner on first, Joe Glevenyak took Ely's 1-0 pitch and deposited it over the rightfield fence to give the Thundering Herd a 2-0 lead.
Frietch cut the Marshall lead in half with his team-leading fourth home run of the season. The righthanded hitter hammered David Slovak's first offering through the teeth of a driving wind and over the centerfield fence.
Marshall regained its two-run lead in the top half of the fifth inning with an unearned run that was the product of a Miami error and a passed ball.
Sophomore Brandon Hillier (Hinsdale, Ill.) singled up the middle with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Canada and Frietch and tying the game, 3-3. A two-out error by Marshall's third baseman on a ground ball by junior Geoff Orr (Orland Park, Ill.) prolonged the inning and set the stage for Hillier.
For the second time in the day's doubleheader, Miami executed a double steal, this time bringing home the game's go-ahead run. With Brian Canada on third, Orr broke from first base and got caught in a rundown on the ensuing throw to second base. The junior stayed in the rundown long enough, allowing Canada to sneak home with the winning run, ahead of the throw from Marshall's shortstop.
Ely went 9.0 innings for his second complete game of the season. He struck out eight without allowing a walk and giving up three runs, two of which were earned. With the win he improved his record to 3-1 with a team-leading 1.67 earned run average.
The RedHawks return to the field on Tuesday, April 5 when they play host to the University of Dayton with the first pitch slated for 3 p.m.