OXFORD, Ohio -- It took 14 innings, but Eastern Kentucky escaped with a 7-5 victory at Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday.
Sean Hagen began the top of the 14th with a walk. He then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error with one out in the inning. Kenny Hostrander broke the tie with a single through the right side to plate Hagen. A sacrifice fly by Doug Teegarden added an insurance run.
Teegarden finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three driven in.
The Colonels trailed 1-0 before putting up three in the fifth inning. Teegarden drove in a pair with a one-out single through the right side. Two batters later, Kyle Nowlin’s single through the left side scored Teegarden from second.
Miami tied it in the seventh. Gary Russo doubled in a run and John Crummy tied it with a two-out single down the left field line. Crummy went 3-for-6 on the night.
EKU went back on top in the eighth when Hagen reached on a fielder’s choice and Nowlin scored. However, the Redhawks answered in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Max Andresen’s infield single scored Reed Schlesner from third to send the game into extra innings.
With one out in the top of the 13th inning, Teegarden reached on a bunt single. After a fly out, Nowlin kept the inning alive with a two-out walk to get runners at first and second. Shea Sullivan followed with a single down the right field line that scored Teegarden. Miami came right back in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Elble led off with a double down the right field line and then scored on Ryan Miller’s two-out single to right center.
Sophomore Chris Cervantes turned in his best performance of the season in his second start. He allowed just one unearned run on seven hits in five and two-thirds innings. He walked one and struck out two. Cody Creamer (1-1) picked up the win after allowing one run on three hits in two innings of relief work. Ben Gullo came on and pitched the final inning for the save. He did not allow a hit, walked one and struck out one.
Miami starter Charlie Suich surrendered three runs on five hits in four and one third innings. Tommy Ricciardi (0-1) took the loss after allowing two runs on one hit in one inning of work. He walked two and struck out two.