April 12, 2006
RICHMOND, Ky. - A run by Eastern Kentucky in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be the difference as the Miami University baseball team had its five-game winning streak snapped with a 6-5 loss on Wednesday afternoon. The RedHawks (14-16) belted two home runs in the game but failed to hold off the Colonels (17-12), who out hit Miami 10-9 in the contest.
An error by Eastern Kentucky's shortstop gave Miami a 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning as senior Jon Franzese's (Barrington, Ill.) groundball was mishandled, allowing junior Ryne Robinson (Toledo, Ohio) to score from third. Robinson led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third after Jason Brown's (Fairfield, Ohio) sacrifice bunt and a groundball to the right side by senior Geoff Orr (Orland Park, Ill.).
A pair of singles sandwiched around a wild pitch by Miami's Jeff Day (West Chester, Ohio) brought the Colonels even with the RedHawks in the bottom of the first.
Miami wasted little time regaining the lead, putting a run on the board in the top of the second courtesy of an RBI single by junior Brandon Hillier (Hinsdale, Ill.). With one out in the frame, senior Eric Radley (Hermitage, Tenn.) doubled to left center and was followed by Hillier's sharp single up the middle that gave the RedHawks a 2-1 lead.
Eastern Kentucky took its first lead of the game, tagging Day for four runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Colonels capitalized an four hits and a walk to take a 5-2 lead with the big blow coming a two-run single by Charlie Yarbrough.
Not to be outdone, the RedHawks responded with three runs in the top of the fourth on home runs by Hillier and Robinson. Radley led off the inning being hit by a pitch and scored on Hillier's first home run of the season, a long drive to right center. Robinson followed two batters later with his second home run in three games, another shot to right centerfield, that made it 5-5.
After retiring the first batter of the eighth inning, Day was lifted in favor of sophomore Steve Antoniotti (Farmington Hills, Mich.) and the righthander proceeded to retire the first batter he faced for the second out of the inning. A walk to the next batter was followed by a double to right center that gave EKU a 6-5 lead.
Antoniotti was tagged with the loss and dropped to 0-1 on the year.
The RedHawks return to action this weekend hosting Northern Illinois in a three-game Mid-American Conference series on April 14-16. Sophomore John Ely (Homewood, Ill.) is slated to be Miami's starting pitcher in game one of the series, which gets underway at 6:30 p.m.