AVON, Ohio — Miami's Nate Bowles hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning to eliminate Central Michigan from the Mid-American Conference Tournament Friday morning, 6-5.
After a 17 hour and 45 minute rain delay, the Chippewas (25-32) and RedHawks (26-29) resumed play in the bottom of the sixth inning. Freshman Jason Gamble needed just one pitch to get out of a bases-loaded jam, inducing a groundout to keep the game tied, 5-5.
Gamble and Miami reliever Seth Varner matched each other pitch for pitch as neither team was able to generate any offense until Miami scored the game-winning run in extras.
Chad Sedio led off the inning with a single up the middle and moved into scoring position on a stolen base before a sacrifice bunt put him just 90 feet away from scoring the game-winning run.
Sophomore Cody Leichman hit a three-run home run prior to the delay Thursday afternnon, while Regnier and freshman Dylan Goodwin each had RBI singles before play was suspended in the bottom of the sixth tied, 5-5.
Freshman Taylor Lehnert started the contest Thursday and pitched 5.1 innings, giving up five hits, five runs - three earned - and four walks, but did not factor into the decision.
Leichman finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI and went 6-for-9 in the tournament to finish with a team-best .344 batting average in his first season with the Maroon and Gold.