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MU stuck at bottom of MAC

Photo by Andrew Katko

By Daniel Taylor, For The Miami Student

The midweek meeting of local Ohio teams did not fair well for the Miami University baseball team. The RedHawks fell 7-3 to Wright State University Tuesday and dropped an 11-6 decision to Xavier University Wednesday.

Miami lost to both teams earlier in the season.

In Tuesday's matchup against the Raiders, the RedHawks (6-27, 4-8 Mid-American Conference) left seven runners on base.

Each squad totaled eight hits, but the Raiders (23-10, 10-4 Horizon League) brought the runners home.

Junior lefty Brian Thene gave up three runs, three walks and three hits in 4.1 innings of work. The relief outing for the Red and White was not much improvement. In 4.2 combined innings, the pair of junior Nick Scheller and senior John Monnig allowed four runs, three of which were earned.

Raider freshman starter Jeremy Randolph struck out five and allowed four hits and one unearned run in 5 innings. Redshirt junior reliever Jack Van Horn tossed 3.1 innings of four-hit, two-run baseball to shut Miami down.

Xavier (9-27, 0-6 Big East) met the 'Hawks in the consolation game of the tournament after losing its opening game 4-0 to University of Cincinnati 4-0 Tuesday night.

XU jumped out early, scoring four runs off senior Clay Cinnamon, who started the game and lasted 0.3 innings.

After two walks and a hit batter, a Xavier double emptied the bases. Cinnamon added a pair of wild pitches before his premature exit.

Junior Chris Ticherich came in on relief and allowed two more runs.

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Miami trailed 6-0 after the first inning.

Senior Eric Stiene pitched seven innings for the Musketeers and allowed only three runs. Stiene's record improved to 2-3 on the season, and both his wins are against the RedHawks.

Miami scored a run in each of the middle three innings and added three in the eighth, but the comeback effort fell short.

MU hits the road this weekend for a rebound attempt against University of Akron.

The Zips (17-17, 8-4 MAC) are tied for first in the MAC East. They enter the three-game series after a loss to University of Dayton Wednesday. Before the loss, the Zips had been on a four-game win streak, including a three-game series sweep over Northern Illinois University.

First pitch is 3 p.m. Friday at Lee R. Jackson Field. Saturday's first pitch is 1 p.m.