Wright State fell behind the Miami RedHawks, 6-1, after three innings in the opener of the Joe Nuxhall on Tuesday. The Raiders rallied but fell short in a 7-6 setback. After opening the 2019 campaign 20-8, Wright State has dropped three of its last four.
Now 21-11, the Raiders will meet the loser of Cincinnati and Xavier on Wednesday. Alex Sogard’s team returns to Horizon League action this weekend when the Oakland Golden Grizzlies visit Nischwitz Stadium for a three-game series beginning Friday.
The Raiders currently sit in second place in the Horizon League at 7-5, trailing the 7-4 UIC Flames.
Sam Wirsing (4-0, 4.01 ERA) is scheduled to get the ball in Wednesday’s contest. Perlich went four innings against Wofford last Tuesday and surrendered no runs on three hits. Wirsing got the nod against Indiana on Wednesday, earning the win giving up just two earned runs in five innings pitched. Peyton Burdick continues to lead the Raiders offense so far this season, reaching base safely in the last 28 games, and posting a .414 batting average with six home runs.
JOE NUXHALL DETAILS
• The tournament began in 2009 to honor its namesake, the legendary Reds player and announcer Joe Nuxhall, as well as promote and celebrate amateur baseball in southwest Ohio
• Cincinnati, Miami, Wright State and Xavier have participated in the classic every year
• UC hosts in odd years while Miami hosts in even years
• Wright State has won four titles, UC three, Miami two and Xavier one
2018 NUXHALL CLASSIC RECAP
• Wright State lost the opener last season with an 11-1 decision to UC
• Host Miami followed with a 6-5 victory against Xavier to qualify for the championship game
• In Wednesday’s first contest, Wright State beat Xavier 9-7
• Miami won the 2018 tournament on home field with a 9-8 victory over Cincinnati, winning on a walk-off hit for the second straight game