April 25, 2005
INDIANAPOLIS - The Miami University RedHawks (25-12) extended their winning streak to five games as they banged out 19 hits in a 16-0 win over the Butler University Bulldogs (13-22) on Monday afternoon. Five Miami hurlers combined to register 12 strikeouts and limited Butler to just five hits.
Senior Paul Frietch's (Cincinnati, Ohio) team-leading seventh home run of the year gave the RedHawks a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Junior Eric Radley (Hermitage, Tenn.) made it 2-0 with a run-scoring single up the middle and was followed by sophomore Ryne Robinson (Toledo, Ohio), whose single up the middle plated two more runs. One batter later, sophomore Brandon Hillier (Hinsdale, Ill.) singled to score Robinson, giving freshman righthander John Ely (Homewood, Ill.) a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second inning.
In the top of the third, junior Geoff Orr (Orland Park, Ill.) singled through the right side with runners on first and third, putting Miami ahead 6-0. Junior Will Reynolds (Brownsburg, Ind.) then laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved the runners to second and third with one out that set the stage for junior Jason Brown's (Fairfield, Ohio) two-run single up the middle that made it 8-0 for the Red and White.
Miami made it 9-0 in the top of the fourth inning when senior Brian Canada (Fishers, Ind.) hit his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to right centerfield. After Orr singled with two outs, Reynolds ripped a double to left centerfield that scored Orr all the way from first, putting Miami in double digits for the 10th time this season. Brown and Radley followed with consecutive run-scoring singles, making it 12-0 for the RedHawks.
Junior lefthander Graham Taylor (Villa Hills, Ky.) relieved Ely to start the bottom of the sixth inning and picked up right where Ely left off, retiring the Bulldogs in order. Ely went 5.0 scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and striking out six.
Frietch drew a bases loaded walk with one out in the top of the seventh, pushing Miami's lead to 15-0.
After sophomore Jeff Day (West Chester, Ohio) tossed scoreless seventh inning for Miami, he was relieved by classmate Keith Weiser (Hamilton, Ohio) in the eighth. Weiser proceeded to strikeout the side in order in his first relief appearance of the year. Freshman Connor Graham (Bowling Green, Ohio) threw a scoreless ninth for the RedHawks. Ely picked up the win, moving to 6-1 on the year.
The RedHawks take the field again on Tuesday (April 26) when they host Northern Kentucky University at 3 p.m. Freshman lefthander Bobby Oberschlake (Felicity, Ohio) is slated to toe the rubber for Miami.
Brown finished the game with four hits in five trips to the plate. He drove in four runs and scored two more. Radley, Orr, Frietch and Hillier also had multiple hit games.
Notes: Head coach Tracy Smith now needs just three wins to become the third baseball coach in Miami history to reach the 300-win plateau.