CINCINNATI - The RedHawk baseball team opened the Joe Nuxhall Classic with a dramatic 4-3 win over Wright State on Tuesday. With Xavier's 9-1 victory against Cincinnati in game two on the day, Miami will take on the Musketeers at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the title game.
Neither team could convert on their chances over the first three innings but the Raiders (25-9) got on the board first with a one-run double in the top half of the fourth.
Miami (14-23) finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh after having several opportunities in the innings prior. Dallas Hall led off by drawing a walk and stole second to get in scoring position. After an out, Adam Yacek doubled to left to bring around Hall and knot the game at 1-1 heading into the eighth.
The RedHawks took the lead for good in the eighth courtesy of a three-run blast by Hall. Landon Stephens led off the frame with a single through the left side before being bunted over to second by Brooks Urich. Following a fly out, Carlos Texidor got hit by a pitch, putting two on with two down. The next at bat saw Hall come through with his fifth round-tripper of the season to give MU a 4-1 lead entering the final inning of play.
Wright State made things interesting in the top of the ninth when a two-out, two-run homer cut the Red & White lead to 4-3, but Miami got a line out to end the game.
The RedHawks got a great start on the mound from Bailey Martin. The sophomore tossed five innings and allowed just one run on three hits while striking out six. Brad Schwartz was the first out of the bullpen for MU and he was lights out, going 2.2 scoreless and hitless frames. Ryan Marske pitched just a third of an inning after coming into the game with two on and two out in the eighth but picked up the win. The senior left-hander was able to get a flyout to get MU out of the jam. Nick Ernst came on in the ninth and held on after a two-run WSU homer to earn the save, his third of the year.