OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University baseball team dropped a tough decision to Northern Illinois Friday evening, falling 11-7 in 11 innings. The Red & White still have their eyes set on a MAC Tournament bid, which they can get with a win tomorrow and a little bit of help.
The Huskies (16-36, 10-13 MAC) were able to push across the game's first run for the second night in a row, striking on an RBI single through the left side in the top of the second.
Miami (22-33, 8-15 MAC) was able to pull even in the home half of the third courtesy of a Tyler Harris solo shot to left, his 11th of the season and the third in his last four games.
The RedHawks broke the 1-1 tie in the fifth with a bit of small ball. Carlos Texidor reached on a one-out hit by pitch before Hayden Senger got on via an error on the NIU second baseman. With Texidor standing on third after the miscue, Harris laid down a safety squeeze to bring him in and give Miami its first lead of the night at 2-1.
Northern Illinois retook the lead in the seventh and added to it in the eighth. A two-run triple in the former and a one-run double in the latter had the Huskies out to a 4-2 margin. In the home half of the eighth, Steve Sada drew a bases-loaded walk to get the `Hawks back to within one. A double play kept the Red & White from doing any further damage in the frame.
The Huskies reclaimed their two-run lead with a one-run single in the away half of the ninth. In desperate need of a couple runs to keep the game alive, the RedHawks were able to get just that in their opportunity at the plate in the ninth. Senger led off the inning by getting on with a hit by pitch. Then, after an out, a double by Dallas Hall put runners on second and third for Ross Haffey, who delivered on a two-run double to the gap in left. With the score knotted 5-5 at frame's end, the teams went to extra innings.
Neither side could push across any runs in the 10th but the Huskies were able to put together a six-run 11th. A one-run double, a bases-loaded walk, a two-run single, and a two-run triple had them ahead, 11-5, heading into the Miami half of the innings. The RedHawks mustered a two-run homer from Haffey but that would be it as they fell, 11-7, to set up a Saturday rubber match at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.