April 10, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -- A groundout in the eighth inning was all Miami needed Tuesday night in the opening round of the Joe Nuxhall Classic. Three Miami pitchers combined for the RedHawks's second shutout of the season, 1-0 over Xavier at McKie Field.
Miami starter Charles Zubrod pitched a gem, going 6.2 innings of shutout baseball with seven hits, two walks and five strikeouts. He retired two batters in the top of the seventh, but allowed a double and got both outs on hard hit balls as he began to show signs of tiring. Brandon Adkins relieved him, but the only batter he faced reached on an error to second base, moving the runner from second to third. Matt Rosinski (1-1), who would go on to earn the win, took the mound in place of Adkins and struck out the first batter he faced to retire the side and end the Xavier threat.
In the ensuing bottom half, Miami coach Dan Simonds followed the baseball book by pinch hitting Jacob Wolf, a right-hander, against lefty Alex Westrick and the freshman came through with a bouncing ball to third base, allowing Matt Honchel to score the only run of the game. Honchel singled to start the inning and advanced to second on Bryce Redeker's soft liner into left center. Both runners moved up when junior Kevin Bower recorded his first career sacrifice.
The Musketeers (13-19) threatened again in the top of the ninth. Mark Elwell singled and moved to second and then third on a sacrifice bunt and a groundout, respectively. Rosinski then induced a short fly ball to right field, where Bryce Redeker tracked it down to preserve the 1-0 win.
Xavier starter Scott Klever (1-4) took the hard-luck loss, pitching 6.1 innings while allowing one run on four hits and no walks with six strikeouts. Rosinski picked up his first win of the season for Miami with 2.1 innings pitched, giving up just two hits while striking out two. Honchel led the RedHawks at the plate, going 2-for-3 with the game-winning run.
The Nuxhall Classic continues on Wednesday with Miami taking on Wright State, a 3-2 winner over Cincinnati, in the 6:30 p.m. championship game. Neither team has ever won the championship in the three previous events. Xavier and Cincinnati play for third place at 3 p.m.