April 10, 2006
OXFORD, Ohio - Fresh off a three-game series sweep of Eastern Michigan, the Miami University baseball team continued its winning ways on Monday as the RedHawks (13-15, 4-5 MAC) extended their winning streak to four games with a 4-3 extra-inning victory over the Indiana State Sycamores.
After not hitting a home run in its previous nine games, Miami used the long ball to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Junior Ryne Robinson (Toledo, Ohio) took the first pitch of the game from Indiana State's Josh Varno and deposited it over the wall in left field for his first home run of the season.
Indiana State posted single runs in both the second and third innings to take a 2-1 lead. The Sycamores tied the game in the second on a sacrifice fly before taking the lead with a solo home run off starting pitcher Sam Shorts (Lombard, Ill.) in the third.
An RBI-single by sophomore Chris Niro (Walton Hills, Ohio) brought the RedHawks back even in the top of the sixth as he plated junior Geoff Orr (Orland Park, Ill.) from third with two outs. Orr singled to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a pair of groundball outs.
Miami jumped back in front in the seventh as Robinson drove in his second run of the game for a 3-2 lead. Leading off the inning, senior Eric Radley (Hermitage, Tenn.) singled and moved up to second on a throwing error by ISU's shortstop. After moving to third on a sacrifice bunt, Robinson's groundball to second base brought Radley in to score.
As he has been all season, Shorts was extremely effective and lasted into the eighth inning before walking the leadoff batter and being replaced by senior Matt Long (Granville, Ohio) with a 3-2 lead. Over 7.0 innings, Shorts surrendered just four hits and fanned four Sycamores.
The first batter long faced laid down a sacrifice bunt that set the stage for a game-tying RBI double.
The game remained tied, 3-3, until Radley was hit by a pitch to lead off the 11th frame. Radley promptly stole second base, and after pinch hitter Jon Franzese (Barrington, Ill.) struck out, Robinson came through with a sharp single to right that scored Radley and gave the RedHawks their fourth consecutive victory.
Long kept the Sycamores at bay in the home half of the 11th to pick up his third victory of the year against one loss.
The RedHawks return home for their fifth game in four days as they host the Xavier Musketeers tomorrow at 6 p.m. Sophomore righthander Connor Graham (Bowling Green, Ohio) is slated to start on the mound for Miami.