May 4, 2007
BUFFALO--Winning its first game of the season in extra innings, Miami University's baseball team pulled out a 3-2 win at the University at Buffalo on Friday afternoon. Senior Jeff Carroll crossed home on sophomore Josh Hula's fielder's choice in the top of the 10th inning to extend the RedHawks' win streak to five games.
Miami improved to 24-16 on the season and 12-5 in Mid-American Conference play, while the Bulls dropped to 12-29 overall and 8-11 in league action.
The RedHawks took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Senior Brandon Hillier and sophomore Jordan Petraitis were both walked and then advanced to third and second, respectively, on a double steal. Sophomore Chris Nadeau nailed an RBI single to left field to plate Hillier and put the RedHawks up, 1-0. A wild pitch allowed Petraitis to score and increase the RedHawk lead to 2-0.
Miami was able to hold Buffalo scoreless through six innings, but the Bulls pulled within one run when Adam Skonieczki scored off a Bobby Pizzuto sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The RedHawks maintained a 2-1 edge until the bottom of the ninth inning. Another sacrifice fly by Pizzuto allowed E.J. Folli to score and send the game into extra innings.
With one out in the top of the 10th inning, Carroll walked and a single to left center by junior J.D. Mynhier allowed Carroll to reach third. With runners on the corners, sophomore Chris Hula hit into a fielder's choice, which resulted in Mynhier being thrown out at second but scoring Carroll and handing the RedHawks a 3-2 lead.
Senior Bailey Pratt, who entered the game late in the ninth inning, struck out his first two batters in the bottom of the 10th. The third batter reached on an error, but Pratt caught the fourth batter looking to secure the 3-2 RedHawk win.
Pratt earned the win on the mound to move to 3-1 on the season. Pratt struck out four of the six batters he faced in 1.2 innings of work and allowed no runs and no hits.
For the 23rd time this season, the RedHawks compiled double figures in hits, amassing 10 against the Bulls. Two RedHawks collected two hits each with Mynhier and junior Evan Armitage both going 2-for-5 at the plate. Additionally, Hillier and Petraitis each went 1-for-4 with a run in the winning effort. Petraitis extended his hit streak to 23 games, while Hillier improved his hitting streak to 13 games.
Miami continues a three-game series with the Bulls on Saturday, May 5. The game is slated for 1 p.m.