April 17, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio -- Senior Ryan Kaup delivered a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 6-6 tie and lift Miami to an 8-7 victory over Western Michigan in the rubber game of a Mid-American Conference baseball series.
Brad Gschwind was 2-for-3 and drove in three runs to lead Miami (19-18, 7-5). Kaup continued his hot hitting over the weekend, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Adam Weisenburger homered, scoring twice and driving in one in a 2-for-2 day. Bryce Redeker recorded a pair of sacrifice flies for two RBIs.
Each team tallied a run in the opening frame with both leadoff hitters walking and scoring. For the RedHawks, Ryan Brenner moved to second on a wild pitch by Steve Laudicina and over to third on a fielder's choice off the bat of Gschwind. Redeker followed that with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Brenner to even it up at 1-1.
The RedHawks took their first lead, a 3-1 advantage, in the third inning off a single by Gschwind that scored Kaup and Redeker's second sacrifice fly of the game, plating Jon Edgington. However, the Broncos evened the score at 3-3 in the next half inning with three doubles in a row by Brooks Beilke, Tim Cross and Jimmy Martinez.
Miami retook the lead in the fifth when Brenner bunted for a single and stole second before Gschwind hit a line drive into right center to pick up his second RBI of the game. Weisenburger tacked on another in the sixth with a homer to straight away center that put the RedHawks out in front 5-3.
Miami starter Brooks Fiala pitched a quality start with one walk and five strikeouts over six innings. He gave way to Sam Dawes in the seventh, but the senior allowed a one-out double to Zach Thoma and an RBI single to Scanlon before being replaced by Brandon Adkins. The next batter, Ryan McMillin moved Scanlon to second with a single. A walk to Patrick Duncan loaded the bases before Troy Forton ripped a double down the left field line to score Scanlon and McMillin. Adkins settled down and stopped the rally with back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning, but Western Michigan held a 6-5.
The Red and White rallied again in the bottom of the frame to tie the score at 6-6 on Brenner's third run of the game. He hustled out a double to left center, then stole third before Gschwind picked up the RBI with a sacrifice fly to center field.
The RedHawks manufactured the go-ahead runs in the eighth to pull ahead 8-6. Weisenburger and Pat Glass, who entered the game in the sixth as a pinch hitter and stayed in, both reached base and got into scoring position to set up Kaup's go-ahead double to right center.
Ryan Meyers (2-0), who replaced Adkins in the top of the eighth and faced two batters in the ninth, picked up the win. Miami sent three relief pitchers to the mound in the ninth after Meyers allowed the first two batters to reach base. Seth Varner came in to record the first out of the inning. Matt Rosinski relieved Varner to face right-handed hitting pinch hitter Grant Simotes, recording the out on a sacrifice bunt that scored Forton, narrowing the lead to 8-7. Shawn Marquardt walked the first batter he faced, then struck out Thoma to end the threat and pick up his first career save.
Miami faces Xavier on Wednesday, April 20, in a game originally scheduled for March 30 that was postponed because of weather.