A three-run home run by Miami in the eighth inning proved to be the difference as, despite an Alex Alders two-run homer in the ninth, the Wright State baseball team fell a run short to the RedHawks 4-3 in the opening game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic Tuesday in Cincinnati.
The Raiders opened the scoring with a run in the fourth as Adrian Marquez walked, stole second and scored on a Gabe Snyder double to right center.
Miami, though, tied the game with a run in the seventh and went ahead to stay an inning later on a three-run home run with two outs by Dallas Hall.
WSU posed a two-out rally of its own in the top of the ninth as Kevin Whatley was hit by a pitch and Alders followed with a two-run home run, his second of the season, but the next batter was retired to end the game.
Raiders pitchers combined to strike out six batters in the game, four of those by Jorge Lozano in his 2.1 innings in relief.
Wright State (25-9) will face host Cincinnati in the third-place game Wednesday night at 6:30. The Bearcats dropped a 9-1 decision to Xavier in the second game on Tuesday.