Oct. 10, 2009
OXFORD, Ohio - The rain finally let up on Saturday as the Miami University baseball team played two to close out its annual Red & White Series at McKie Field at Hayden Park. In a day that was characterized by offense, the two games saw a combined 27 runs as the Red Team won both games, 8-7 and 11-1, to finish the series a perfect 4-0 against the White Team.
The Red Team got out to an early lead in game one after pounding out three runs on five hits in the first inning, as eight RedHawks came to bat. After two quick singles by juniors Jon Edgington (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Brad Gschwind (Cincinnati, Ohio), junior center fielder Adam Eaton (Springfield, Ohio) poked a single to center to score Edgington. Gschwind then scored on a fielder's choice by junior catcher Adam Weisenburger (Plymouth, Minn.). Transfer Bryce Redeker (Watseka, Ill.) doubled and freshman Brooks Fiala (Carmel, Ind.) had a single drop in to score Weisenburger and give the Red Team a 3-0 lead after one half inning.
Red would tack on another score in the second on a double by Edgington and a slap bunt by Eaton, his second RBI of the game.
The White Team cut into the lead in the second by loading the bases on three consecutive singles. A sacrifice fly by freshman Mac Thoreson (Knoxville, Tenn.) brought sophomore Jordan Jankowski (McMurray, Pa.) home to make it a 4-1 game. White would push across another run in the third to cut the lead in half, 4-2. Freshman infielder Bryan Beaver (West Chester, Ohio) reached on his fourth double in the past two games and then scored on a base hit by senior left fielder Zak Hatfield (Ft. Wayne, Ind.).
Eaton struck again in the fifth, plating Gschwind on a triple to deep center. He would later score on an error to stretch the Red Team's lead to 6-2. Eaton would add a second triple in the seventh, his fourth hit of the game, before scoring on a single by Weisenburger and increasing the Red Team's lead to 7-2.
The White Team mounted a late rally in the seventh. After loading the bases, a walk brought in Beaver before JUCO transfer Ryan Kaup (Chandler, Ariz.) doubled home two more runs to cut the lead to 7-5. A sacrifice fly by Thoreson and a single by junior Curtis Blank (Cincinnati, Ohio) tied the game at 7-7 and sent the game to extra frames.
In the eighth inning, the Red Team regained the lead on a sacrifice fly by junior right fielder Joe Sullivan (Covington, Ky.) that scored junior Kyle Weldon (Mason, Ohio) and made it 8-7. Sophomore right hander Joe Neff (Carmel, Ind.) nailed down his second save of the series as he closed out the win and series victory for the Red Team.
The Red Team received solid pitching efforts from freshman starter Mason Reynolds (West Carrollton, Ohio) - 2.0IP, 2 hits, 1ER, 1K - redshirt sophomore Chris Gutschenritter (Atlanta, Ga.) - 3.0IP, 3 hits, 1ER, 1K - and junior Sam Dawes (Cincinnati, Ohio) - 1.0IP, 1 hit, 0ER, 1K. On the other side, the White Team's Brodie Liebrandt (Atlanta, Ga.) was the most effective hurler, throwing three innings of three-hit, one-run ball. Eight players had multi-hit games, and five players - Eaton, Weisenburger, Hatfield, Kaup and Thoreson - had two RBIs apiece.
The Red Team came out swinging again in game two. A Redeker double plated Edgington and Weldon singled two more home to give Red a 3-0 lead. Two batters later, redshirt-sophomore Drew Hormann (Indianapolis, Ind.) singled to left to bring home Weldon and freshman third baseman Cory Klenke (Coldwater, Ohio) to push the lead to five after one inning.
In the top of the second, Hatfield smacked an opposite field solo home run off Red's Lance Kingrey (Hilliard, Ohio) to cut into the Red Team's lead, making it 5-1.
Not to be outdone, Redeker hit his second home run of the series in the bottom half of the inning, a two-run shot that scored Gschwind and stretched the Red Team's advantage to 7-1.
The Red Team's Brandon Meister (Lincolnshire, Ill.) kept White off the board in the third and fourth innings, allowing just one hit while punching out three, all looking. White countered with two equally solid innings from senior Reece Asbury (Centerville, Ohio), who also allowed just one hit, no runs, and had three strikeouts.
Red picked up the offense again in the fifth. After loading the bases, Eaton quickly unloaded them with a grand slam to deep center field that pushed the Red Team's lead to 11-1. It was his fifth hit of the day to go along with two singles and two triples, giving him six RBIs in the doubleheader.
White could not score off senior Kyle Donawerth (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the sixth and the Red Team completed the series sweep, winning 11-1.
For the four-game series, Eaton paced Red hitting .500 (7-for-14) with three triples, a home run and seven RBIs. Weldon hit .467 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs while Redeker batted .429 with a trio of doubles, two home runs and five RBIs. Neff was the top pitcher for the Red Team, tossing three scoreless innings (in three appearances) and earning two saves with just one hit allowed. For the White Team, Beaver led the charge hitting .385 with four doubles and an RBI while Kaup batted .364 with three RBIs.
With the Red and White Series complete, Miami has now concluded its fall ball. The RedHawks will hold their 2009 banquet Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Shriver Center to recognize the six senior graduates from last season and all of the achievements from last year.
Miami opens its 2010 season Feb. 19 as the RedHawks head to South Carolina to take on national-power Clemson.