LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miami opened a 5-0 advantage after just two innings, but the RedHawks couldn't hold the lead in a 13-6 loss to Army Thursday afternoon at Henley Field. The setback was the first of the spring trip for Miami, snapping a four-game winning streak.
Charles Zubrod tied a career-high with five strikeouts, all of which came against the first seven hitters. He pitched 5.2 innings, allowing six hits and a walk, while giving up three runs (two earned). Kevin Bower and Jake Romano each had a pair of hits to lead Miami (6-7).
Miami picked up right where it left off in yesterday's 18-1 victory. The RedHawks capitalized on several Army errors to pick up two runs in the first and three more in the second. Scott Slappey singled in Alex Johnson, who reached on an error, and John Crummy came home on another error for the 2-0 lead after 1.
In the second and stikeout/passed ball started the inning, then Romano singled through the right. After a double play, Johnson grounded to third, where the play was booted, making the score 3-0. Bower singled in a run, before Crummy doubled him home with a shot to the gap in right center.
Army (4-8) chipped into the lead in the third, using a walk, single, sacrifice and sacrifice fly to make the score 5-1. The Knights made the score 5-3 in the sixth on a single that brought runners home from second and third. The second run was unearned after a throw home kicked loose, allowing the trailing runner to take second. Clay Cinnamon closed the door, though, getting a pop out to end the frame
Miami (6-7) got one of the runs back in its half of the sixth. With two outs, Romano singled through the right side. He took off for second on a pitch in the dirt, forcing a wild throw that went into centerfield. Another wild pitch brought him home, increasing the margin back to three, 6-3.
The Knights broke things open in the seventh, batting around and taking advantage of errant Miami pitching. A pair of walks around a single loaded the bases and sent Miami back to the bullpen. Brandon Adkins was brought on, and was greeted by a first-pitch single. A bloop single to right scored a run, then Adkins hit a batter to tie the game at 6-6.
Seth Varner became the third pitcher of the inning, but didn't fare much better. He threw a wild pitch that pushed Army ahead 7-6, then threw another after a pop out to allow another run. A sacrifice fly ended the rally at 9-6.
The Knights started the eighth with three hits and a walk to add three runs, before Miami capped the scoring on a two-out solo home run by Matt Packer, his second of the year.
Army starter Alex Robinett (2-1) allowed seven hits and six runs over six innings to get the win. None of the runs were earned. Adkins took the loss for Miami, falling to 0-1.
The RedHawks face another service academy tomorrow when they meet Navy at 3 p.m. at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale.