April 17, 2009
OXFORD, Ohio - The RedHawks moved to 6-1 at home with a 15-9 win over the Buffalo Bulls on Friday night at McKie Field at Hayden Park.
Trailing by as many as three runs at one point, Miami rallied to remain in the thick of the race for first place in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference. After the day's action, the RedHawks now sit only one game back of first in the division.
Buffalo took the lead in the top of the first inning on a on a Charlie Karstedt single to right field. The RedHawks rallied and took the lead on a two-run homerun by Chris Nadeau (Saline, Mich.) in the bottom of the first. The Bulls retook the lead in the top of the second on a two-run homerun by Brad Cochrane. Miami responded in the bottom of the second, scoring three runs on only one hit making the score 5-3 after two innings. After a scoreless third, the Bulls blew the game open in the fourth with four runs. Shivam Bhan and Adam Skonieczki each hit two-run homeruns to make the score 7-5 after four innings. Both teams went scoreless in the fifth but Buffalo extended its lead in the sixth inning on a one-out single by Brad Agustin. The RedHawks fought back in the bottom of the inning with three runs on three hits highlighted by a two-out two run double by Nadeau to even the score at eight after six innings.
The Bulls scored in the top of the seventh on a Jacob Rosenbeck double to right field and retook the lead 9-8. Miami removed all doubt in the bottom of the seventh scoring six runs on five hits. Adam Eaton (Springfield, Ohio) had the big hit of the inning with a hard hit single down the left field line that scored two with two outs. Jordan Petraitis (Canal Fulton, Ohio) extended the lead to 14-9 on a two-out home run to right. Miami closed its scoring in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly to right by Jon Edgington (Cincinnati, Ohio).
Miami and Buffalo are back in action tomorrow at McKie Field at Hayden Park for a doubleheader between the two teams. First pitch for game one is slated for 3 p.m. with game two scheduled to start at 6 p.m. The game originally scheduled for Sunday has been moved up to accommodate inclement weather in the area.