April 25, 2008
OXFORD, Ohio - Down to its final strike in the 10th inning, Miami University's baseball team rallied to tie the game, before rallying to win the 11-inning Mid-American Conference contest over Bowling Green, 9-8, Friday night at McKie Field at Hayden Park. The win was Miami's ninth consecutive win over Bowling Green.
The Falcons (19-17; 6-7 MAC) jumped in front of the RedHawks scoring one run apiece in the second and third innings courtesy of solo home runs, before scoring four runs in the fourth inning off of four hits and one Miami error to take a 6-0 lead.
Miami (14-26; 5-11 MAC) quickly got back into the game with a five-run fifth inning. Sophomore Ben Eubank led off the inning with a walk and then advanced to second base on a single to left field by freshman Jon Edgington. With a full count, freshman Adam Eaton drilled a double down the right field line that scored Eubank from second and moved Edgington to third base. Petraitis earned a base on balls that loaded the bases with no outs. On the first pitch to Miami's next batter, junior Chris Nadeau, Bowling Green starting pitcher Frank Berry threw a wild pitch that scored Edgington and moved Eaton to third base and Petraitis to second base. Nadeau drove in the third run of the inning later in the at-bat with a RBI ground out to first base plating Eaton and moving Petraitis to third base. Junior Tommy Nurre brought home Petraitis on a sacrifice fly bringing Miami within two runs, 6-4. The inning remained alive as an error by the Falcon shortstop allowed junior J.D. Mynhier to reach first base, before a triple to left-center field by senior Evan Armitage scored Mynhier from first base closing the Miami deficit to one run, 6-5.
The Red and White continued the comeback trail with some two-out damage in the seventh inning. After two ground outs, Nurre doubled the right field line placing a runner in scoring position with two outs. Mynhier hit a seeing-eye single up the middle allowing Nurre to score from second base, tying the game at 6-6.
The RedHawks took their first lead of the game in the eighth inning. Edgington belted a breaking ball off the scoreboard in left-center field, placing Miami in front, 7-6. It was the second straight home game that Edgington has hit a home run to left field.
Bowling Green tied the game off a RBI double by Ryan Shay, but a key double play by the RedHawks sent the game into the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at 7-7. With Shay standing at second base, Andrew Foster grounded into a one-three putout, but Shay was thrown out at home trying to score from second.
In the top of the tenth inning, the Falcons had runners on the corners with one out. The RedHawks forced a ground out, but Miami could not complete the double play, which allowed the runner at third base to score giving Bowling Green an 8-7 edge.
Down to its last out in the tenth inning, the RedHawks struck again to knot the game at 8-8. Edgington drew a one-out walk and after a strike out, Edgington stole second base to move into scoring position. With a two balls, two strike count, Petraitis lined a single just in front of the Falcon centerfielder to tie the game at 8-8.
Miami loaded the bases in the 11th and with two outs, Edgington drew a walk to give the RedHawks a 9-8 come-from-behind win. Nurre led Miami at the plate, going 3-for-5, while Edgington drove in two runs, including the game-winner.
Freshman Samuel Dawes (2-2) earned the win after pitching one inning of relief.
The RedHawks and Falcons return to McKie Field at Hayden Park tomorrow for a 6 p.m. start.