May 13, 2007
ATHENS, Ohio--Scoring six runs each in the first, second and third innings, Miami University's baseball team stormed out to an 18-2 lead after three innings and never looked back as the RedHawks collected a 18-4 win at Ohio University on Sunday afternoon.
Miami moved to 27-20 on the season and 14-8 in Mid-American Conference action, while the Bobcats dropped to 22-29 overall and 7-17 in league play.
In the first inning, senior Brandon Hillier scored with two outs on an Ohio fielding error to put the RedHawks' first run on the board. Senior Jeff Carroll hit an RBI single to left field to plate sophomore Chris Nadeau. Senior Dan Leonard was hit by a pitch to load the bases before a wild pitch allowed sophomore Eric Darlage to cross home to up the Miami lead to 3-0.
Sophomore Blake Chaffee hit a two-RBI double down the right field line to score Leonard and Carroll before junior Chris Niro nailed a single to right field to plate Chaffee and extend the RedHawk lead to 6-0.
Much like the first inning, Miami did its scoring damage with two outs. A fielding error allowed Hillier to cross home for the RedHawks' seventh run before Carroll hit an RBI single to center field to plate Nadeau. With bases loaded, Chaffee was walked which allowed Darlage to score as the RedHawks took a 9-0 lead.
Niro singled to right field to score Carroll, and junior Evan Armitage hit a two-RBI single to center field which plated Chaffee and Leonard as Miami increased its lead to 12-0.
Ohio put its first run on the board in the bottom of the second inning off an RBI single by Jeff Hartle to score Brandon Besl and make the score 12-1.
The RedHawks had another big inning in the top of the third. With bases loaded, Leonard was walked to send sophomore Jordan Petraitis home. Chaffee hit an RBI single to center field to score Nadeau before Niro was walked which allowed Carroll to score.
Armitage reached on a fielder's choice and plated Chaffee, while Leonard crossed home on a fielding error by the shortstop on the play. Hillier singled to right field to plate Niro for Miami's final run of the inning as the RedHawks took an 18-1 lead.
An RBI single by Marc Krauss to score Matt Stiffler in the bottom of the third inning gave the Bobcats their second run of the game to make the score 18-2.
The teams played three scoreless innings before Ohio tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning off an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to pull within 14 runs of the RedHawks, 18-4.
Neither team would score over the remaining two innings as the RedHawks compiled their most runs since scoring 35 against Quinnipiac in the 2005 NCAA Tournament in the 18-4 win.
Senior pitcher Jeff Day moved to 2-2 on the season, giving up just two runs off two hits in 6.0 innings of work, while striking out six batters. Matt Erwood picked up his first save of the season, giving up one earned run off two hits, while striking out four batters over 3.0 innings.
Five RedHawks had multiple hit games to spur the Red and White to a team total of 15 hits on the day. Chaffee went 3-for-5 with three runs and four RBIs, Carroll went 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs, while Hillier was 3-for-6 with two runs and an RBI in the winning effort.
Miami continues its road trip, traveling to Marshall for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Monday, May 14. Both games will be seven-inning games.