Miami Shuts Down Hoosiers
April 25, 2007
OXFORD, Ohio - Miami spoiled head coach Tracy Smith's first return to Oxford with a 10-1 victory over the Indiana baseball team on Wednesday. The RedHawks limited the Hoosiers to just four hits in the contest to improve to 20-16 on the year.
The RedHawks got on the board first with an unearned run in the bottom of the second. A pair of singles put runners at first and second with one out for Miami. Doug Fleenor induced a grounder to the left side, and Tyler Cox gunned down the runner at second, but Evan Crawford's throw to first sailed wide to allow Eric Darlage to score.
Miami scored three more in the fourth off Fleenor. With Chris Nadeau at second and Jeff Carroll on first, Gary King roped a 3-2 curveball past Jon Fixler at first and into the right field corner to score a pair. Josh Hula followed with an infield single, and on the play, Fixler's throw went wide of Fleenor at first to score the fourth RedHawk run and put the home squad up 4-0.
The Hoosiers threatened in the top of the fifth, but were unable to push a run across. Reid Briglia drew a leadoff walk and Josh Phegley hit a one-out single to left to give the Hoosiers two on with one down. Brian Lambert followed by lacing a sinking liner to right center, but center fielder Brandon Hillier made a brilliant diving snag to keep the Hoosiers at bay in the frame.
Miami chased Fleenor from the game with three consecutive hits in the bottom of the fifth. Jordan Petraitis started things with a one-out single, and then Nadeau followed with a high tailing foul ball down the right field line. Chris Hervey made a diving effort, but the ball fell just out of his reach and Nadeau wound up on third with a triple. Eric Darlage singled him home to end Fleenor's day in favor of Danny Rosenbaum, who was able to retire the RedHawks with no further damage.
The RedHawks added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to stretch the lead to 9-0. Indiana got its lone run in the top of the ninth inning, as two RedHawk errors put runners at first and second with two outs. Billy O'Conner then got an RBI single up the middle to break up the shutout.
Fleenor pitched 4 1/3 innings for the Hoosiers, allowing nine hits and six runs, with four of the six of the earned variety. Rosenbaum allowed two hits and one run in his 1 1/3 innings of work, while Chris McCombs and Jarrett Casey combined for 1/3 of an inning, with McCombs walking one and allowing one run and Casey giving up a pair of hits and a run of his own. J.T. Larson came on for IU and pitched the final two innings, allowing two hits, one walk and one run.
The Hoosiers are back in action this weekend when they host Penn State for a four-game series. The first game is slated to begin at 3 p.m. on Friday with a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday to finish the set.
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