Miami Blasts Four Home Runs in 14-1 Victory Over Dayton
April 5, 2005
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami RedHawks (16-11, 4-2 MAC) erupted for a season-high 20 hits as they scored seven runs in the opening frame, on their way to defeating the University of Dayton Flyers, 14-1 on Tuesday afternoon at McKie Field. The 14 runs tied a season high and the 20 hits eclipsed Miami's previous high of 16.
After sophomore Ryne Robinson (Toledo, Ohio) was retired to lead off the bottom of the first, the RedHawks exploded for seven runs on seven hits, sending 11 batters to the plate in the inning. Senior Brian Canada (Fishers, Ind.) drove in the first run of the inning when his double plated sophomore Brandon Hillier (Hinsdale, Ill.) from third. The next batter, senior Paul Frietch (Cincinnati, Ohio) singled to right driving a pair of runs to give Miami a 3-0 lead. Junior Geoff Orr (Orland Park, Ill.) followed Frietch with a two-run blast off the scoreboard in left field, his fourth long ball of the season, making it 5-0 for the Red and White. Miami added two more unearned runs before the inning was over.
Before Dayton was able to retire a Miami batter in the bottom of the second inning, the RedHawks had made it 10-0, on the strength of five consecutive hits to start the inning. Slone, Canada and Frietch started the inning with back-to-back-to-back doubles that produced two runs. Geoff Orr followed with a single up the middle that scored Frietch from second. It was Orr's third RBI of the afternoon.
Miami's starting pitcher Jeff Day (West Chester, Ohio)cruised through the first three innings, striking out five hitters while not allowing a run and throwing 29-of-36 pitches for strikes. With two more strikeouts in the fourth inning, Day matched his previous single game high of seven, achieved on May 1, 2004 versus Toledo.
Frietch gave Day some more breathing room in the bottom of the fourth inning with his fifth home run of the season. The solo shot off the top of the scoreboard in leftfield made it 11-0 for Miami.
Back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the fifth by Slone made it 13-0 for the RedHawks. Slone's home run to left was his second of the season, while Canada's blast to straightaway centerfield was his fourth.
Brandon Godzik's run-scoring double to left centerfield in the top of the sixth inning broke up Day's shutout bid. It was just the sixth hit of the afternoon for the Flyers.
Freshman Matt Erwood (Atlanta, Ga.) relieved Day in the top of the seventh inning and held the Flyers scoreless through 2.0 innings before giving way to junior Matt Long (Granville, Ohio) who tossed a scoreless ninth inning.
Day was credited with the win, his second of the year, after striking out a career-high 10 batters while walking none. He threw 76 pitches in the game, 54 of which were strikes.
Six RedHawks enjoyed multi-hit afternoons led by Frietch, who went 4-for-5, scored four runs and drove in four more.
The RedHawks and Flyers play game two of a home-and-home series on Wednesday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Stadium in Dayton, Ohio, with the first pitch slated for 3 p.m. Freshman lefthander Bobby Oberschlake (Felicity, Ohio) is scheduled to be Miami's starting pitcher.
Notes: SR John Slone is now fourth on the all-time hits list (221) and fifth on the all-time doubles list (41) at Miami ... Slone has now hit safely in nine straight games ... SR Brian Canada is now tied for sixth on the doubles list (41) ... Miami reached double digits in run scored for the fifth time in 2005 ... Day registered his eighth strikeout of the game in the fifth inning, eclipsing his previous best of seven in a game ... FR Chris Niro collected his first hit and RBI as a RedHawk with a single in the eighth inning.