April 20, 2007
OXFORD, Ohio - A strong outing by junior right-handed pitcher John Ely, including six innings of no-hit baseball, led Miami to a 6-0 win over Kent State in Mid-American Conference action. Miami (19-13; 8-3 MAC) won its ninth consecutive game at home, while Kent State (15-22; 6-7 MAC) dropped three games back of the RedHawks in the MAC East standings.
Miami crossed the plate in the second inning thanks to a lead-off double down the right-field line from sophomore outfielder Chris Nadeau. Nadeau moved to third base on a groundout by sophomore designated hitter Eric Darlage, and Nadeau proceeded to score on a wild pitch by Kent State starting pitcher Evan Smith, giving the RedHawks a 1-0 lead.
Nadeau led off the fourth inning with a single that dropped in front of the Kent State centerfielder. Darlage followed with a home run that cleared the left field foul pole extending Miami's lead to 3-0.
Junior second baseman Evan Armitage led off the fifth inning with a walk and advanced to second on his fifth stolen base of the year. After an out, Armitage's stolen base helped set up a RBI single by sophomore Jordan Petraitis to push Miami's lead to 4-0.
Armitage and Petraitis teamed up again in the seventh inning to extend the RedHawk lead. With one out in the inning, Armitage looped a single into left field, and on consecutive pitches stole second and third base. With the Kent State rightfielder protecting the gap in right field, Petraitis hit a double down the right-field line allowing Armitage to cross home plate. Nadeau followed with a hit plating Petraitis and moving Miami's lead to 6-0.
Ely threw eight shutout innings, including nine strikeouts, on his way to his sixth win of the season. It was the third time this year Ely collected nine strikeouts.
The second game of the series is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, at 5 p.m.