May 7, 2003
DAYTON, Ohio - With a heavy electric storm on the horizon the Miami University (29-18-1) baseball team was awarded a seven-inning 16-8 victory at Wright State (17-31) on Tuesday evening. The RedHawks found themselves leading 13-0 after the first three innings and cruised to victory scoring three more runs over the final four frames for their 29th win of the season.
Senior David Cook (Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) led off the game with a double down the right field line, bringing his season doubles tally to 13. On the very next Miami at-bat Cook came around to score when freshman Geoff Orr (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) slapped his first of four singles to center field to record the RBI.
All of Miami's six runs in the second inning, which gave it a 7-0 advantage, where scored with two outs on the scoreboard. Sophomore Brian Canada (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) led off with a base on balls and moved over to second on a single by senior Zach Schmidt (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas). The second RedHawk run, Canada, scored when Orr got his second base knock of the game. A fielding error by Wright State's leftfielder allowed Schmidt to third base and Orr to second base. Sophomore Mike Ferris (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) plated both Miami runners on his at-bat by ripping a double off the right-center field wall. With Ferris standing alone at second, senior Michael Carlin (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) cleared the bases by homering to left field, giving him 17 roundtrippers on the year. Sophomore Paul Frietch (Montgomery, Ohio/Moeller) also left the yard to tally Miami's final run of the frame when he hit his second home run of the season.
Canada led off the third inning successfully for the Red and White with his ninth double of the season. Wright State got the next two batters out but once again failed to close out an inning. Orr singled home Canada with an RBI infield single, which was followed by two more run-scoring Miami singles and Frietch at the plate. Frietch upped Miami's lead to 13-0 at that point by clearing the bases with a monstrous three-run home run to right field, his second of the game and third of the season.
Staked out to a 13-0 lead junior Chad Reineke (Defiance, Ohio/Ayersville) dealt one of his best games of the season from the mound. Reineke struck out a career-high seven batters in five innings. Until running into trouble in the fifth inning when he was into the Wright State lineup for the third time, Reineke had allowed only one run on four hits.
Before the lightning moved over the field in the seventh inning, freshman Jon Franzese (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) gave the Red and White a 16-5 lead with his second home run of the season. The Raiders scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it an eight-run game, 16-8, but nature would not cooperate and accommodate a Wright State comeback.
The RedHawks travel to Kent, Ohio for a four-game set against the Golden Flashes on May 9-11.