By Tom Downey Staff Writer
The Miami University baseball team (21-21) split its weekday series with Indiana University, with each team picking up its win on the road. The Red and White won the first game 8-7 but fell 6-3 in the second game.
“We played well up there,” Head Coach Dan Simonds said. “I thought we played better [in the second game] and still lost.”
Junior pitcher Charles Zubrod benefited from a season high 16 hits by the ‘Hawks in the opener, as he improved his record to 2-3. Zubrod went seven innings, giving up four runs, one earned on four hits. Senior Matt Rosinski picked up the save, his fourth of the year.
Senior center fielder Ryan Curl continued his strong play with two impressive performances. He was 5-8 in the series, with three runs, three RBIs and one walk. Curl also gunned out a runner at home from centerfield in the finale.
“I’ve just been focusing on keep my eyes outside,” Curl said. “And just dealing with the pitches I get.”
The top of the order continued to lead the ‘Hawks offensively, as senior Ryan Brenner was 3-9 with three RBIs in the series. Freshman Matt Honchel, the team leader in batting average, was 5-10 with two runs and two walks.
A six-run second inning by Indiana was all the Hoosiers needed en route to a 6-3 victory.
“I thought we played well,” Simonds said. “It was just one of those things where we hit balls right at fielders. We had one bad inning. I like the way we fought and the way we played.”
Sophomore Alex Brown struggled as the starter, only going 1.1 innings while giving up five runs, four of them earned, on five hits.
However, the bullpen came in and gave the RedHawks a chance to make a comeback. Freshman Ryan Powers went 3.2 innings giving up four hits and one unearned run. Freshman Clay Cinnamon went two innings giving up zero hits. Freshman Brian Thene and sophomore Seth Varner each pitched one inning and gave up zero runs.
“The pitchers did a nice job,” Simonds said. “It was nice to see that out of Powers, Thene and Cinnamon. You’re talking about three freshmen there and Varner is sophomore.”
The RedHawks travel to Buffalo, NY to take on the University at Buffalo Bulls in a crucial Mid-American Conference (MAC) East Division matchup.
“The guys know it and the staff knows it,” Simonds said. “We’re prepared and we’re looking forward to the challenge and getting out there and competing. These guys are ready to go.”
The Red and White are 6-9 in the MAC and are currently fourth place in the MAC East.
The Bulls enter with a 10-26 overall record and are 3-11 in the MAC. The Red and White swept the Bulls in their three game series last year.