Down 2-0 early, the Wright State baseball team scored the final 10 runs of the contest, including seven in the seventh inning, to defeat Miami 10-2 in the opening game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic Tuesday afternoon in Cincinnati.
Miami scored both of its runs in the third on a two-run double off the bat of Alex Johnson, only to see the Raiders quickly tie it with a pair in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Kieston Greene walked and Michael Timm followed with a two-run home run to left, his third of the season.
Wright State took the lead for good with a run in the fourth. John Brodner led off with a double to right center and after moving up to third on a Cody Gardner bunt, came in to score on a Justin Kopale hit to right.
It stayed that way until the Raider offense exploded for seven runs in the seventh to break the game open. Hits by Greene and Timm along with a Garrett Gray walk loaded the bases and Kody Krizman made it 5-2 with a two-run single to left. Jeff Limbaugh was hit by a pitch to reload the bases and Mark Fowler followed with a double down the right field line to plate two more.
Kopale tacked on two more with a single up the middle and Cody Simon added an RBI double to left center to round out the scoring.
Three WSU pitchers--E.J. Trapino, Cody Kopilchack and Luke Mamer--combined to allow just four hits on the day while striking out eight. Kopilchack (1-0) got the win with 4.1 innings of hitless, scoreless relief, walking one and fanning six.
Offensively, Kopale finished with three hits and three RBI while Timm had two hits, two RBI and two runs scored, Greene two hits and two runs scored and Brodner had two hits.
Wright State (13-16) will face Cincinnati (12-18), a 7-6 winner over Xavier in the second game of the day, in the championship game Wednesday at 7:00 at Marge Schott Stadium on the UC campus. WSU will be going for its second straight title after defeating the Bearcats and RedHawks in last year's classic at Oxford.