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Ohio Baseball Topped By Miami

Ohio Baseball Topped By Miami

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By Mike Ashcraft

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OXFORD, Ohio -- The Ohio baseball team (20-22, 8-9 MAC) could not build upon an early lead and ultimately lost to archrival Miami (24-15, 10-7 MAC), 6-1, on Saturday (April 28) in the second matchup of a three-game Mid-American Conference series at McKie Field at Hayden Park.

In the series opener on Friday (April 27), the Bobcats overcame a two-run deficit to defeat the RedHawks, 4-3. Saturday's loss snapped a three-game conference winning streak for Ohio.

Senior third baseman Tony Giannini (Carmel, Ind.) and junior left fielder Devon Garcia (Bowling Green, Ohio) accounted for four of the six hits Ohio's bats produced on the day. Giannini went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored while Garcia collected two singles.

Redshirt senior southpaw starting pitcher Gerry Salisbury (Brunswick, Ohio) struck out six but permitted five runs -- three of which were earned -- on nine hits in 5.2 innings. He took the loss on the mound for the Bobcats, falling to 4-5 on the year. Redshirt junior righty Nick Kamrada (Grand Ledge, Mich.) threw one inning in relief, giving up one earned run on two hits and a walk. He struck out one. Senior right-hander Logan Jacik (Omaha, Neb.) tossed 1.1 scoreless frames out of the bullpen. He allowed a hit and a walk.

Miami pounded out six runs on 12 hits en route to the five-run win. Senior shortstop Adrian Texidor led the way with a 3-for-3 effort that included a double, three RBIs and a run scored. Sophomore third baseman Landon Stephens went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs while redshirt sophomore second baseman Jordan Stephens singled twice and scored two runs.

Junior left-handed starting pitcher Zach Spears fanned eight over seven innings of work on the mound for the RedHawks en route to earning the win to improve to 3-3 on the season. He surrendered one earned run on five hits and four walks. Junior right-handers Andy Almquist and Jack Corbell each threw a scoreless inning of relief. Alquist fanned two while allowing a hit and a walk while Corbell struck out two of the three batters he faced in a spotless ninth inning.

Giannini helped Ohio land the game's first punch in the top of the second inning when he hit a one-out double to right and later scored home. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, it proved to be their lone run of the ballgame.

Miami grabbed the lead from Ohio in the home half of the third. Jordan Stephens led off with a single to right, and Texidor followed by beating out a bunt single to first to put two on with nobody out. One out later, after redshirt senior first baseman Ross Haffey had loaded the bases by legging out an infield single to short, Jordan Stephens tagged up and scored from third courtesy of a sacrifice fly to left by junior catcher Hayden Senger to tie the game. Landon Stephens then put the RedHawks in front by plating Texidor with a double down the right field line.

The RedHawks expanded their lead to 3-1 in the fourth when sophomore designated hitter Cal Elvers led off with a single to center, advanced to third on a double to left center by redshirt sophomore left fielder Kyle Winkler and then tagged up and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Texidor.

Miami added two more runs in the sixth. Winkler reached on a fielder's choice with one out, and Jordan Stephens put two on with two out for the RedHawks after he singled through the left side. Both Winkler and Stephens then scored on a double down the left field line by Texidor.

The RedHawks tallied their sixth and final run in the seventh when Senger sent a one-out double down the right field line and scored on a single to center by Landon Stephens.

Ohio will look to bounce back and take its second-straight 'Battle of the Bricks' series from Miami and third in the last four years when the two squads square off in the Sunday (April 29) rubber match. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. ET. The Bobcats' starting pitcher is to be determined. The RedHawks will send senior right-hander Gus Graham to the mound. 'Voice of the Bobcats' Russ Eisenstein and Max McDulin will have the call of the action on WOUB 1340 AM and online on OhioBobcats.com via Stretch Internet. A paid live stream is available through Miami College Sports Live for all of the games this weekend.