DAYTON, Ohio -- Miami rallied from a 3-0 deficit for a 4-3 lead, but a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth lifted Dayton to a 5-4 win over the RedHawks Tuesday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Stadium. The RedHawks fell behind 3-0 after just two innings, but were able to score a pair of runs in both the sixth and eighth to move ahead.
Trailing 3-2 in the eighth, Miami (18-20) picked up two unearned runs in the frame to move ahead. Crummy beat out an infield single to lead off and was replaced by pinch-runner Jake Romano, who stole second. After two outs were recorded, Kevin Bower -- out of the starting lineup for the first time all season -- hit a sharp grounder to first. But the ball skipped into right field and Romano raced home. Two pitches later, Walsh doubled off the wall in left center and Bower scored all the way from first.
But in the ninth Dayton (9-27-1) found a way to win. Closer Ryan Powers, who had three saves in the last seven days, got the first out on a comebacker, but gave up a double on a 1-2 count. After a full-count walk, pinch hitter Kevin Colburn drove the next pitch to the wall in right center for the walk-off win.
Powers suffered his first loss of the season in falling to 1-1. Freshman Wynston McMartin was in line for the win after three scoreless innings of relief. He allowed just two hits to the 12 batters he faced. Starter Brian Thene lasted five innings, but faced control issues. He gave up seven hits and six walks, while striking out a pair.
Dayton plated two runs in the first inning, taking advantage of a leadoff walk, hit-and-run single and sacrifice fly to open the scoring. The Flyers followed with three straight singles to add the second run, but a 5-3-2 double play prevented any more damage. Another leadoff walk and two-out bad-hop double in the second added a run, making the lead 3-0.
Miami answered with a pair of runs in the sixth. With one out, Johnson doubled to left center, then stole third, the first steal outside of second base for the RedHawks this year. Chad Sedio followed with a double to put Miami on the board. After a balk and walk to put runners on the corners, Walsh's slow roller to short was enough to drive in a run, cutting the deficit to 3-2.
Nick Weybright, the third Flyer to take the mound during the contest, picked up the win to improve to 2-1. He struck out three of the five batters he faced, allowing only a ninth-inning single.
The two teams meet again tomorrow when Dayton visits McKie Field in Oxford. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.