ESPN star Romano gets 3 hits as RedHawks top UC

One week after wowing baseball fans all over the world with his glove, Jake Romano wielded a hot bat Wednesday night.

The Miami University freshman right fielder collected three hits and an RBI as the RedHawks defeated visiting Cincinnati 9-4 at McKie Field, rallying from a 4-1 deficit to push their record to 21-23.

“I knew we were going to keep coming. That’s how we’ve been all year,” said Romano, from Algonquin, Ill. “We pitched well. We hit well. Everything was clicking today.”

Romano admitted his life has changed a little bit in the past week. His spectacular diving catch against visiting Dayton last Wednesday earned a spot among ESPN’s Top 10 plays of the day.

“I’ve got a couple more Twitter followers,” Romano said with a smile. “It was so cool to see it on TV and stuff. I’m so glad it happened. I still can’t believe it happened, but it was incredible.”

He was one of several offensive stars Wednesday against UC (18-26), which dealt MU a 15-6 beating Tuesday at Marge Schott Stadium.

Chad Sedio had two hits and three RBIs for Miami, and Dan Walsh and Ryan Elble plated two runs apiece. Nate Bowles contributed three hits and John Crummy added two.

“I feel good in the sense that I know these guys are hungry,” RedHawks coach Dan Simonds said. “We’ve never really hit a good streak in the season, and I think we’re capable of doing that.”

A three-game Mid-American Conference weekend at Bowling Green looms for MU, which is 10-8 and third in the MAC East Division behind Buffalo (13-4) and Kent State (12-6).

Nathan Williams, Wynston McMartin, Shane Kriss, Charles Zubrod, Cory Klenke and Ryan Powers combined on a nine-hitter Wednesday, and Simonds said several of those hurlers could play key roles out of the bullpen against BG.

“They’re guys we’re going to need, and we planned it that way tonight,” Simonds said. “We also played a couple guys in different positions and looked good, which is encouraging. We saw guys step up and get some big hits when we needed them, and some guys stepped up on the mound. It was more our style of play.”

First baseman Kevin Bower missed his first game of the season after suffering a bruised tailbone Tuesday, though Simonds said he should be fine for the weekend.

Zubrod earned the win on the mound. Klenke retired all six batters he faced.

Ryan Quinn had a 4-for-4 night and drove in a run for UC, which committed five errors.

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