Miami edges ISU baseball in 11 innings

2011-03-08T23:28:00Z 2011-03-09T18:03:59Z Miami edges ISU baseball in 11 inningsBy Pantagraph staff pantagraph.com
March 08, 2011 11:28 pm  • 

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- After Illinois State jumped out to a 4-0 lead against the University of Miami, the Hurricanes rallied for five unanswered runs to beat the Redbirds, 5-4, in 11 innings Tuesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park in Coral Gables, Fla.

Ronny Rodriguez, who was 4-for-6, delivered a walk-off home run with two outs in the 11th to finish off ISU.

Mike Hollenbeck was 2-for-4 with a run scored while Matt Mirabal drove in a pair of runs to lead the Redbirds (7-4).

Illinois State committed five errors while striking out 14 times and stranding nine baserunners to let the Hurricanes (5-7) back into the contest.

“I love the fact that we battled hard and took Miami to extra innings,” ISU coach Mark Kingston said. “It’s just disappointing that we didn’t execute a little better, because that’s a game that we really could have won.”

Mirabal scored on a wild pitch to give the Redbirds a 1-0 first-inning lead before singling home Josh Colon and Hollenbeck in the fourth to up the margin to 3-0. ISU added its fourth run in the fifth after Ty Wiesemeyer hit a two-out double and later scored on a wild pitch.

Redbird starter JD Leanard survived 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs, just one of which was earned.

After a one-inning appearance by Jacob Wielebnicki, Kenny Long (2-1) took the ball for the final 4 1/3 innings. Long struck out six while scattering three hits, the big blow being Rodriguez’s game-winning blast.

The Redbirds finish their two-game series against the Hurricanes today with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.

AT CORAL GABLES, Fla.

MIAMI 5, ILLINOIS STATE 4

Illinois State    100 210 000 00—4-6-5

Miami    000 012 100 01—5-14-4

Learnard, Wielebnicki (6), Long (7, L, 2-1) and Mirabal; Salcines, Miller (4), Abrams (5), Robinson (7), Miranda (10, W, 1-0) and Rowland.

ILLINOIS STATE — 2B—Wiesemeyer, Colon. RBI—Mirabal 2. Two or more hits—Hollenbeck 2. Pitching — Learnard (5.1 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO), Wielebnicki (1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO), Long (4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO).

Records — Illinois State 7-4, Miami 5-7.

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