Miami Outslugs Hoosiers, 19-7
March 13, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - In a game that saw each team hit five home runs, Miami University upended Indiana 19-7 on Saturday. The game was played at Gainesville High School's field after field conditions forced the cancellation of the previously scheduled IU-Bowling Green game. Alex Dickerson had two of the five longballs for the Hoosiers (4-8), while Micah Johnson, Josh Lyon and Michael Earley each added one.
Miami had five different players hit home runs in the game, taking advantage of the short home run distances around the park. Starter Brooks Fiala threw six solid innings to pick up the win. Walker Stadler fell to 1-2 in picking up the loss for the Hoosiers. Dylan Swift pitched a pair of shutout innings, allowing only an infield hit, for the Hoosiers as well.
The first three innings passed with little consequence, though Miami was able to plate a run in the top of the second and two in the top of the third. But in the fourth, the fireworks started, as the RedHawks took advantage of two Hoosier errors to score seven runs. Five of the seven tallies came via the longball, as Brad Gschwind hit a three-run shot and Adam Weisenburger had a two-run homer.
IU rebounded with three runs, all via the longball, in the bottom of the fourth. Dickerson led things off with a towering shot to right field and after Earley was hit by a pitch, Lyon blasted a fly to right that cleared the fence for his first career homer. But Fiala rebounded to get the next three hitters and maintain a 10-3 advantage.
Miami, though, scored seven runs off reliever Derek Roof - making his IU debut - in the fifth. This time, MU scored four of its seven runs on small ball, but the final blow was a three-run blast to right center to make it 17-3. IU hit three home runs in the bottom of the fifth, including Dickerson's second in as many innings. Johnson also hit his third homer in the last two games, as the line-drive howitzer landed near third base on the adjacent softball field. Earley's first homer of the year made it 17-7, but again, Fiala rebounded to get the next two hitters and the threat was neutralized. Miami capped off the scoring with a two-run home run off the bat of Kyle Weldon in the seventh inning.
Johnson led the way for the offense with three hits, while Dickerson and Lyon had two apiece. Weisenburger led all players with four hits in the contest, as Miami collected 19 hits to the Hoosiers' 10.
Indiana is back in action on Sunday, when it will take on Central Michigan at Chain Of Lakes Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET. Live stats and audio will be available at IUHoosiers.com. Stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com for all the latest on IU's schedule at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
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