Miami Blanks Bearcats 4-0 Behind Complete Game Shutout by Niro
May 16, 2007
OXFORD, Ohio-- Pitching his first complete game and first career shutout, junior Chris Niro spurred Miami University's baseball team (29-21) to a 4-0 win against the University of Cincinnati (27-26) on Wednesday evening at McKie Field at Hayden Park.
Senior Brandon Hillier scored Miami's first two runs of the game. He singled in both the first and third innings to get on base and scored off a ground out by sophomore Eric Darlage in the bottom of the first inning and off a passed ball in the bottom of the third inning.
The RedHawks added two more runs to their tally in the bottom of the fourth inning as senior Jeff Carroll and sophomore Blake Chaffee each singled in the first two at-bats. After a sacrifice bunt by freshman Jason Cisper to move Carroll and Chaffee to third and second, respectively, Carroll came home on a fielder's choice by sophomore Josh Hula, and Chaffee scored off a wild pitch.
Neither team scored over the remaining innings as Miami went on to collect the 4-0 win.
Niro, who moved to 3-3 on the season, gave up just two hits while striking out five Bearcat batters en route to the win.
Miami compiled six hits as a team with Hillier, Carroll and Chaffee collecting two apiece.
Miami returns to action tomorrow (Thursday, May 17), hosting Akron in the first of a three-game Mid-American Conference series. Thursday's game is set for 6:30 p.m., Friday's game is slated for 5 p.m. and Saturday's game is scheduled for 1 p.m.