By Crystal Wylie
Special to the Register
MADISON COUNTY —
The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team lost 19-2 to Miami (Ohio) University on Tuesday in the first game of a midweek series.
Miami jumped on the board quick in the first inning. After the first two batters were retired, the RedHawks put together four straight singles. Scott Slappey and Jake Romano each drove in a runner with their base hits, another run scored on an EKU error.
The RedHawks (15-18) scored four more in the third to pull away. John Crummy drove in a run with a double and then scored on a wild pitch for a 5-0 Miami lead. Two more runners came home on a double by Alex Johnson and a single by Dan Walsh. Johnson added a solo home run in the fifth for an 8-0 advantage.
The first five batters reached in a four-run sixth inning for Miami. Crummy hit a grand slam in a five-run seventh that gave the visitors a 17-0 lead. Crummy finished 5-for-5 with four runs and six RBI.
Kevin Bower went 3-for-3 with three runs, two RBI and a walk.
The Colonels got on the board in the bottom of the seventh on Steve Ferraro’s two-run single to left field. Ferraro finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. Sean Hagen went 2-for-4 and scored a run.
Chris Cervantes (0-2) started for EKU (11-22) and allowed five runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out one.
Brian Thene (2-2) started for Miami and allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out three.
The Colonels and Redhawks will play each other again on today, this time the game will be in Oxford.
First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.