MAC Tournament Central
MAC Tournament Bracket
Miami 12, Western Michigan 2
MAC Tournament - Game Eight
WP - Melling (8-2)
LP - Webber (4-7)
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - The Miami RedHawks defeated Western Michigan by a count of 12-2 in the final game of the day at VA Memorial Stadium. Tyler Melling gave up only six hits to the Broncos and at one point retired thirteen straight in throwing the second complete game of his career and getting his eighth victory of the season.
After struggling to get much going in its first game with Toledo, Miami's offense wasted little time finding its rhythm against Western Michigan starter Casey Webber. Bryce Redeker had a RBI single in the first inning and Ryan Kaup followed in the second with a solo home run to left, his first of the season.
Western Michigan responded in the bottom of the second as Tim Cross led off with a single and Troy Forton, not to be outdone, tied the game at 2-2 with his first four-bagger of the year.
Miami's offense really began to click in the third inning as the first two batters reached on singles, leading to Redeker's second RBI hit of the evening. A botched pickoff attempt to first brought in another RedHawk run and was charged as the first of three Bronco errors in the contest. A sac fly from Brooks Fiala gave Miami a 5-2 advantage after three.
Melling quickly sat down the Broncos in order and despite a pitching change going into the fourth, Western Michigan couldn't stem the tide. Brad Gschwind followed Kaup's lead in tagging a home run off the scoreboard in left field to put Miami ahead 7-2 and later Redeker would come up with his third RBI knock, a double to left field bringing in Adam Weisenburger.
The Broncos put two runners on with no one out in the bottom of the fourth inning but Melling got out of the jam with a strikeout and a shallow fly that failed to score the runner from third, then got some help from his defense when WMU tried a double steal. A tag on Cross at the plate ended the Western Michigan threat. The Broncos only managed one baserunner the rest of the way, a two-out walk to Jack Scanlon in the bottom of the eighth.
With the win, Miami improves to 34-24 and joins No. 1 Kent State as one of the last two remaining undefeateds in the tournament. The RedHawks will play the winner of an elimination game between Central Michigan and Western Michigan, slated for first pitch at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow. Western Michigan falls to 26-30.
Top of the 1st
Bryce Redeker singled through the left side, Adam Weisenburger scored from second, Kyle Weldon advanced to second
Top of the 2nd
Ryan Kaup homered to left field
Bottom of the 2nd
Troy Forton homered to left field, Tim Cross scored from first
Top of the 3rd
Redeker singled to left field, Brad Gschwind scored from third, Weldon advanced to second
Weldon scored on botched pickoff attempt to first, Redeker advanced to third
Brooks Fiala sacrificed to center field, Redeker scored from third
Top of the 4th
Gschwind homered to left field, Jon Edgington scored from first
Redeker doubled to left field, Weisenburger scored from third, Weldon advanced to third
Top of the 9th
Ryan Curl doubled to left field, Pat Glass scored from second
Ryan Brenner doubled past the shortstop, Curl scored from second, Kaup advanced to third
Edgington singled to left-center, Kaup scored from third, Brenner scored from second