OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami baseball team showed its resiliency again Tuesday evening as it overcame an early five-run deficit to top Xavier, 6-5, on Hayden Senger's walk-off base hit in the first round of the Joe Nuxhall Classic.
Miami erases a 5-0 deficit to earn a 6-5, walk-off victory over Xavier thanks to @Senger15's game-winning base hit. Next up, Nuxhall Classic championship game tomorrow vs. Cincinnati at 6 p.m.#MUBase pic.twitter.com/7N7hUHv0PE
-- Miami Baseball (@MiamiOHBaseball) April 11, 2018
With the victory, the RedHawks will take on Cincinnati in the championship game at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Wright State plays Xavier in the consolation game at 3 p.m.
Xavier jumped on Miami early with two runs in the first and one in each of the next three innings, handing it a 5-0 lead over the Red & White just three and a half innings in.
Miami broke through in the home half of the fourth when Senger doubled to deep center and was driven in by a Mackay Williams single through the right side.
The RedHawks' most productive frame came in the seventh when they were able to plate three runs to cut the Musketeer lead to 5-4. With Will Vogelgesang standing on second after a single and a sacrifice bunt, Dallas Hall doubled down the left field line to bring in MU's first run of the inning. Ross Haffey followed with an infield single. An errant throw trying to get Haffey out on the play resulted in Hall scoring from second. Landon Stephens got the `Hawks their third and final tally of the frame with a double to left as Haffey hustled all the way around from first to score.
Miami pulled even in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a one-out triple by Vogelgesang and a wild pitch that allowed him to touch home.
The Musketeers got two on in the bottom of the ninth but a pop-up ended the threat. In the bottom half of the inning, Hall led things off with a single and reached third after a failed pickoff attempt went well away from the first baseman, far enough to take two bases. Xavier then intentionally walked Haffey and Stephens, setting the table for Senger's walk-off single.
All five Musketeer runs were charged to Miami starting pitcher Jay Wilson, who went 3.2 innings while allowing the tallies on five hits. He also struck out four. First out of the bullpen was Cole Gnetz, who looked strong in going 2.1 innings in relief. Five of the seven outs he recorded came via the strikeout. Jon Meyerring and Bailey Martin each tossed an inning with Martin earning the win after coming on in the ninth.