May 18, 2005
FAIRBORN, Ohio - After downing Xavier by a score of 8-5 earlier in the day, the Miami University RedHawks (36-15) traveled to Wright State University (22-29) and picked up their second win of the day, knocking off the Raiders, 9-3 at Nischwitz Stadium. It was Miami's final non-conference contest of the season as they travel to Kent State University to complete the conference schedule on May 20-22.
Junior Geoff Orr (Orland Park, Ill.) drove a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield in the top of the second inning to give Miami a 1-0 lead. Senior Paul Frietch (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored from third after he laced a one-out triple just inside the first base line. Miami added to its lead in the top of the fourth with five runs. Senior John Slone (Cincinnati, Ohio) singled to left driving in sophomore Brandon Hillier (Hinsdale, Ill.) from third and making it 2-0. Frietch made it 3-0 when he ripped a one-out double off the centerfield wall that scored Slone from second. The next batter, senior Tyler Tabler (Cincinnati, Ohio), bounced a single through the left side that made it 4-0 as Frietch scored from third.
Still with one out in the fourth, freshman Chris Niro (Walton Hills, Ohio) doubled down the rightfield line. The first double of his career brought Orr in to score from second and made it 5-0 for the Red and White. Junior Eric Radley (Hermitage, Tenn.) got into the act as he lofted a sacrifice fly to deep center that plated Tabler to make it 6-0.
After Miami's Matt Erwood (Atlanta, Ga.) issued a one-out walk to Wright State's Brian Shoup, the Raiders put together a pair of two-out singles that resulted in a run and cut the RedHawks' lead to 6-1.
The RedHawks tacked on an unearned run in the top of the fifth to make it 7-1 before Orr singled up the middle with two outs scoring senior Brian Canada (Fishers, Ind.) to give Miami an 8-1 edge.
Miami's lead was cut to 8-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Paul Majestic took Erwood's 0-1 offering and deposited it over the leftfield wall. The Raiders made it 8-3 later in the inning when they tacked on a run courtesy of a sacrifice fly to center.
Freshman righthander Steve Antoniotti (Farmington Hills, Mich.) relieved Erwood in the bottom of the seventh and retired the side in order. Erwood went 6.0 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out three.
In the top of the ninth, Canada tacked on another run for the RedHawks with a run-scoring single up the middle.
Erwood was credited with the win, moving to 6-1 on the year. Antoniotti was dominating in his 3.0 innings of relief, striking out five to earn the first save of his career.
The RedHawks go in search of their first Mid-American Conference title since 1983 when they travel to Kent State University for a three-game series with the Golden Flashes over the weekend. Miami , who has already clinched the MAC East division title, leads Ball State in the overall race, but must win all three games versus KSU to stay ahead of the Cardinals and earn the right to host the MAC Tournament.