April 7, 2004
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami baseball team is on its third four-game win streak of season after defeating Dayton, 7-6, on Wednesday afternoon at McKie Field at Hayden Park. The RedHawks mounted a 7-2 lead in the first four innings and held on for the one-run victory, their sixth one-run win of the season.
Miami got its first runs of the game when it put together a little rally in the bottom of the second inning with two outs on the board. Junior Brian Canada (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) knocked a two-out single to left field and was plated on the following at-bat when sophomore Geoff Orr (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) launched a double to left field. A walk and a wild pitch moved Orr to third base, which was far enough as junior Courtney Campbell (Evansville, Ind./Lincoln CC) slapped a run-scoring single through the left side.
The Flyers managed to tie the game for the second time in the top of the third, 2-2, but the Red and White responded with an even bigger inning in the bottom half of the frame. Miami quickly found itself with runners in scoring position and at second and third after Dayton's starting pitcher walked and hit two Miami batters, and then balked to make matters worse. An RBI single by junior Sam Sellery (Carmel, Ind./Cathedral) and then an RBI double by classmate Paul Frietch (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) scored both runners to make it 4-2. A pitching change was made by the Flyers, and then the RedHawks went on to score two more runs on a routine ground out and a sacrifice fly by Orr to make it a 6-2 game.
Sellery recorded another infield RBI single in the fourth frame to give the RedHawks a 7-2 lead, but that was all Miami would manage against the UD pitching staff.
Freshman Jeff Day (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) started the game for the RedHawks, and eventually got his fifth win of the season, and left after throwing three solid innings with a 6-2 lead. Senior reliever Matt Raguse (Florissant, Mo./St. Louis CC) shut down Dayton in the fourth inning, but ran into some trouble in the fifth when a walk, a single and a walk loaded the bases. In from the bullpen came sophomore Sam Shorts (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard East) who allowed only two runs to pass as he held on to the 6-4 lead.
Shorts also had a moment of weakness in the seventh inning when four consecutive singles and an error on the Red and White's third baseman allowed Dayton to tally two more runs to cut the deficit to 7-6. However, Shorts, along with junior Brad Bachman (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison), combined to blank the Flyers in the eighth inning and then senior Chad Reineke (Defiance, Ohio/Ayersville) mowed them down in the ninth for his second save in as many games.
The win improves Miami's record to 19-9 as it heads to face the NCAA defending champion #4 Rice University Owls this weekend, April 9-11, in Houston, Texas. The RedHawks play at 8 p.m. on Friday night, and then 3 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, on Saturday and Sunday. All three games are available on Miami's internet radio station, MSNi, as well as the bookends being aired live on 1450 AM The Ticket.