May 11, 2004
OXFORD, Ohio - In its first meeting against Otterbein College since 1928, the Miami (29-16) baseball team moved within one win of 30 for the season with a 13-6 win over the Cardinals. The game was a last-minute addition to the schedule due to several games being cancelled earlier this season.
Junior catcher John Slone (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) wasted little time in extending his hitting streak to a MAC-best 22 games with a single up the middle in the first inning. With junior Mike Ferris (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) at the plate, Slone stole his 50th career base to move into scoring position and scored on Ferris' double to left-center field. Ferris also came around to score and give the RedHawks a 2-0 lead on an RBI single by junior Brian Canada (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern).
The third inning started with the RedHawks immediately putting a runner in scoring position when freshman Brandon Hillier (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) led off with a triple to center field. A walk and a hit batter loaded the bases for junior Sam Sellery (Carmel, Ind./Cathedral) who responded with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Hillier. Otterbein hit another Red and White batter to reload the bases for junior Paul Frietch (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller). Frietch promptly cleared the bases with a double to left field to give the RedHawks a 6-0 lead.
After getting blanked for the first three innings, Otterbein finally took advantage of a lead off base on balls in the top of the fourth frame. Sophomore hurler Jason Friedman (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) walked the Cardinal's lead off hitter, Tyler Shaw, which allowed Brian Meyer to hit an RBI single up the middle to make it a 6-1 game. Another Friedman walk put two men on base for Otterbein's Eric Heminger who ripped a two-run triple down the rightfield line to cut the lead to three, 6-3.
Two more Miami runs crossed the plate in the fifth inning to up the lead to 8-3, thanks in part to some control problems by Cardinals' pitcher Ryan Ratliff. Ferris scored on a balk and Frietch scored on an RBI single off the bat of sophomore Jason Brown (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield). Ratliff's replacement, Trevor Horn, threw another wild pitch in the inning to plate another Red and White run and make it a 9-3 deficit.
A monumental hit was blasted in the sixth inning when Ferris hit his 20th home run of the season deep over the centerfield wall. The home run not only gave the RedHawks an 11-3 lead, but also gave Ferris sole ownership of Miami's single-season home run record.
Otterbein added three more runs to its tally in the seventh inning to cut into the RedHawk's lead and make it 11-6.
The RedHawks retaliated with two more runs of their own in the bottom half of the seventh to make it 13-6. Junior Courtney Campbell (Evansville, Ind./Lincoln CC) recorded one RBI on a ground out while a double to center field by freshman Todd Vieth (Florence, Ky./St. Henry) plated the second Miami run.
Finishing out the game at pitcher for the RedHawks was freshman Dan Hayden (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas). The final out was recorded on a fantastic throw from left field to the catcher for a game-ending put out.
The RedHawks play another midweek game tomorrow night, May 12, at Wright State at 6 p.m.