YPSILANTI, Mich. – Nathan Williams fired seven scoreless innings and the Miami University baseball team outhit Eastern Michigan 16-3 in an 8-2 win on Saturday afternoon.
The RedHawks (17-20, 7-7 Mid-American) are on a four-game winning streak and moved to .500 in MAC play with the victory.
Both teams went hitless over the first two innings. The RedHawks did put a scoring threat together in the third when Jake Romano and Steve Sada singled with one out, but Ryan Lavoie escaped the situation unharmed by inducing an inning-ending double play. Miami found itself in a similar situation in the fourth when Max Andresen and John Crummy hit back-to-back singles with two away, but Lavoie forced a fly out to end that threat.
The Red and White finally got on the board in the fifth. Ryan Elble led off with a single and advanced to scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Sada drove in the first run with an RBI double to right field. Dan Walsh followed suit with an RBI single through the right side to put Miami up 2-0.
Pitching with a lead for the first time of the afternoon, Nathan Williams put the bats back in his teammates’ hands quickly. The junior retired the Eagles (13-23, 2-12 MAC) in order, mixing in a strikeout, to keep the RedHawks ahead by a 2-0 count after five complete innings.
Williams entered the sixth with a no-hitter and quickly retired the first batter of the frame. With one away, Sam Ott reached base for the third-straight time by singling up the middle. Ott was quickly erased from the base paths two pitches later when Williams got John Rubino to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play to end the sixth.
Sada and Walsh began the seventh with consecutive singles and an EMU error allowed Chad Sedio to reach base and load the bases with nobody out. A fielder’s choice grounder forced out the lead runner at home plate for the first out of the frame. Andresen battled EMU reliever Tyler Russell and singled home Walsh with one away. Two pitches later, Crummy drilled a two-run single to right which extended the MU lead to 5-0. Matt Honchel capped the four-run frame when his RBI groundout brought Andresen home to make it a 6-0 ballgame.
After another scoreless inning thrown by Williams, the RedHawks’ offense went right back to work in the eighth. Romano beat out an infield single and scored when Sada hammered a triple down the right field line. Walsh followed that with an RBI groundout to put the Red and White ahead 8-0. A two-run triple with two outs by Michael Mioduszewski put the Eagles on the board in the bottom of the ninth.
Williams (3-5) logged seven scoreless innings, holding the Eagles to just one hit while striking out two batters and walking three. Ryan Haynes pitched the final two innings in relief.
Offensively, Miami was led by Sada’s 4-for-5 effort out of the leadoff spot. The freshman hit a double and a triple while scoring twice and driving in two runs. Walsh (2-for-5), Andresen (2-for-5), Crummy (2-for-4) and Romano (2-for-3) all posted multi-hit games. All nine RedHawk starters posted at least one hit.
The Red and White go for the weekend sweep on Sunday, first pitch is at 1 p.m.