One of the most non-conventional road trips was one of the best yet for the Miami University RedHawk baseball team. The Red and White recovered from a non-conference triple-header by heading to Bloomington, Ind. Tuesday to battle the Indiana University Hoosiers in a non-conference bout.
But after the trio of tight games, the ‘Hawks were able to breath in a 13 hit, 10-3 Bloomington blasting. The win extends the RedHawk winning streak to five games and capped off a 4-0 road trip.
“We have to keep the confidence and never get too high,” senior Ryan Kaup said. “We are playing hard and working everyday. This is a good team so we shouldn’t be learning a lot new. This is expected.”
A Hoosier error spotted the first RedHawk run in the third inning. Kaup – who tallied three hits – singled through the middle and was sacrificed to second base. A low throw got by the third baseman as Kaup stole the base and he sprinted home to make the score 1-0.
The Hoosiers (25-16) responded immediately with three runs in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the next inning, the RedHawks jammed the bases before Kaup returned to the plate. With a chance to blow the game open, the senior dug in and belted a pitch to the fence for a bases clearing double and a 4-3 lead.
“Hitting is a weird thing,” Kaup said. “It takes a couple hits and it’s easy. I’m trying to hit the ball hard and luckily today the ball found a hole.”
Junior bat Bryce Redeker homered in the fifth frame to bring home two runs with two outs. The Red and White (23-18) added on to the lead when senior Jon Edgington slapped an RBI single.
The scoring spree continued in the sixth with a two out triple by junior Ryan Brenner that bagged two ‘Hawk runs.
“They definitely made some adjustments at the plate,” head coach Dan Simonds said. “They threw a lefty at us who was pretty decent. We hit the ball pretty well and banged out a couple big hits. Ryan Kaup and Ryan Brenner both had big hits for us. Shawn Marquardt did a very good job out of the bullpen against a good hitting team.”
Marquardt turned the 9-3 lead into a victory in a relief appearance. Another Hoosier throwing error ended the scoring at 10-3 RedHawks as senior Brad Gschwind scored from second base in the ninth inning.
“We need production there (seven-nine hitters) and those guys are starting to come around,” Simonds said. “They went through a bit of a funk. That’s going to be big for us, with those guys putting pressure on it helps. All nine giving us quality at bats is very important for us.”
Senior Kyle Weldon held a hot bat with a 4-for-5 day at the plate and a run scored. Kaup finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Redeker and Brenner both plated two RBIs for the Red and White.