April 14, 2004
OXFORD, Ohio - The recovery time from playing Rice University lasted officially four days as the Miami (20-11) baseball team vehemently returned to the diamond with a 14-3 win over Wright State (11-21) on Wednesday afternoon. The RedHawks recorded a season-high 22 hits in the win as they upped their record to 7-1 this season at McKie Field at Hayden Park.
Wright State took its only lead of the game when it scored one run in the first inning off sophomore starter Jason Friedman (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young), but from then on out was playing catch up. Friedman worked a total of five innings in his first start of the season to earn his first win.
The RedHawks tagged WSU for three runs in the second inning off of four hits. Sophomores Geoff Orr (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) and Jason Brown (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield), and junior John Slone (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) all recorded RBI singles in the frame to give Miami a 3-1 lead. Slone also stole his first of three stolen bases in the game and is now eighth all-time at Miami with 46 thefts.
Five more runs crossed the plate in the third inning, most from singles, but for an RBI double by junior Mike Ferris (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain), which gave the RedHawks an 8-1 lead. The RedHawks were not done there, however, as they returned in the fourth inning to tack on six more runs to their tally to make it a 14-3 game. Classmates Sam Sellery (Carmel, Ind./Cathedral) and Ferris each hit home runs in the inning while Brown smacked a double to record his second 4-for-4 game of the season.
Both teams then proceeded to make 14 fielding changes over the final five innings as they combined for seven hits, which sped up the game after they combined for 27 hits in the first four innings.
All nine Miami starters recorded at least one hit in the contest and seven notched at least two. Brown led the team with four RBIs while Slone and junior Courtney Campbell (Evansville, Ind./Lincoln CC) each had three RBIs.
The victory is the 20th of the season for the Red and White as it improves to 20-11. The RedHawks return to Mid-American Conference action this weekend when they travel to Buffalo, N.Y., to take on the Buffalo Bulls in a three-game league series on April 16-18.