OXFORD, Ohio -- Kent State's Tyler Skulina held Miami hitless for 7 2/3 innings, while the Golden Flashes scored in four different innings for a 9-0 victory Saturday afternoon at McKie Field. Dan Walsh broke up the no-hitter in the eighth, while Kevin Bower added a ninth-inning double for the only RedHawk hits in the contest.
Kent State (16-16, 8-3) got all the runs it would need in the first inning. After Miami starter Mac Thoreson got the first two Golden Flashes out, he allowed three straight hits -- a single, double and another single -- that led to two runs.
Kent added a pair of runs with one out in the fourth on a two-run home run, then broke the game open with four runs on four hits in the fifth, chasing Thoreson (3-4).
Sophomore Clay Cinnamon came on and limited Kent State to three hits and a run over the next 3.1 innings, but the RedHawks could never get back into the game.
Skulina (2-3) retired the first seven Miami batters, then after allowing a walk to Max Andresen in the third, sat down the next nine. Walsh drew a four-pitch walk with one out in the sixth, before another seven outs were recorded. The Kent State pitcher lost his bid for a no-hitter in the eighth, walking Andresen again before Walsh hit a 1-1 pitch sharply into left field. Skulina got Matt Honchel -- who entered the day on a 15-game hitting streak -- to bounce into a fielder's choice to end the eighth before giving way to Eric Dorsch.
Skulina finished with three walks and 10 strikeouts over the eight innings he pitched. Dorsch fanned two more in the ninth, running Kent State's total to 27 over the last two days.
Bower just missed a home run in the ninth, doubling off the wall in right center with one out. He was the only player to reach third base, when he did so on a ground out.
The two teams conclude their series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at McKie Field.