Wright State Tops Miami at Joe Nuxhall Classic
CINCINNATI -– The RedHawks (6-26, 4-8 MAC) fell to Wright State in the opening game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic, 7-3 Tuesday. Steve Sada led the Red & White, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs.
Miami got the game’s first run in the bottom of the first. With Matt Honchel on first and Sada on third, Kendall Johnson hit a fly ball to left field, which was deep enough to score Sada and earn Johnson a sac fly. The RedHawks took a 1-0 lead into the second frame.
Wright State responded, scoring two runs in the top of the second inning. The first run came on a single by the Raiders’ John Brodner. The second came on a groundout by Brad Macciocchi.
The Raiders extended their lead in the top of the fifth. A single by Sean Murphy put Wright State up 3-1 through four and half innings. The Raider lead was padded further in the top of the sixth. A Brodner fielder’s choice and a Mitch Roman groundout allowed WSU to plate two more runs, putting them up 5-1 through five and half innings of play.
The RedHawks cut into the WSU lead in the bottom of the eighth. A groundball double play allowed Sada, who was at third, to score. The run was his second of the game. Johnson earned the RBI.
The RedHawks suffered a setback in the top of ninth. The Raiders plated two more runs on a groundout and a single, bringing the lead to 7-2. In the bottom of the ninth, Miami was able to get a run back. Freshman Spencer Dull belted a ball to deep left field, bouncing it off the top of the wall and off the foul pole for his first career home run.
Brian Thene (1-1) took the loss for Miami. He went 4.1 IP, allowing just three hits, three runs (three earned) and struck out three Raider hitters.
Cincinnati has defeated Xavier, 4-0. Therefore, Miami will play Xavier tomorrow at 3 p.m.