COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Miami Redhawks scored runs in five of the first six innings and went on to defeat Ohio State, 12-4, Wednesday before 912 fans at Bill Davis Stadium.
The win was Miami’s second in two days over a Big Ten team, as it defeated Indiana, 6-1, Tuesday in Oxford. Miami is now 15-14 on the year while Ohio State drops to 10-12.
None of the players on the Ohio State and Miami baseball teams were on their team the last time these two met five years ago, but the Redhawk players played as if they had something prove against their intrastate rival. They collected 13 hits. They stole five bases, including three by Ryan Brenner. They homered twice and they got a solid 5.0 innings from starting pitcher Ryan Meyers.
The Buckeyes, meanwhile, managed just five hits against five Miami hurlers and committed five errors.
Each team scored a run in the first inning that lasted 35 minutes. Brenner walked, stole second and third base – his 20th and 21st steals of the season – and scored on a catcher’s throwing error. Ohio State tied it in its half of the first as Tim Wetzel doubled, moved to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch.
Miami broke the game open with four runs in the second inning to take a 5-1 lead. Shortstop Brad Gschwind hit a solo home run and Marcus Makuch hit a two-run shot for the big blows of the inning.
A run in the fourth, two in the fifth – off back-to-back sacrifice bunts with a man on third – and another run in the sixth inning widened the lead to 9-1.
The Buckeyes missed on an opportunity to cut into the 9-1 lead in the sixth. After reliever Joe Neff issued a bases loaded walk to the first batter he faced, the next two Buckeye batters swung at the first pitch and both turned into infield pop flies to end the threat. Wetzel scored the Ohio State run in the inning after drawing a leadoff walk.
Ohio State freshman John Kuchno, starting for the fourth time in his young career, worked 3.0 innings, allowed four hits, gave up five runs (four earned), walked two, but struck out a career-high five batters. He dropped to 0-3 with the loss.
Josh Dezse struck out the side in the eighth and Jared Strayer closed out the ninth. Miami scored three unearned runs in the ninth for its final total.
Jacob Hayes smacked a one-out double to right to score Matt Streng in the ninth inning and then scored the Buckeyes fourth and final run on a wild pitch.
Miami’s starter Meyers, a red-shirt junior who had pitched just 2.1 innings all season, got the win and improved to 1-0. He gave up just two hits and no earned runs while striking out three Buckeyes with one walk.
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