WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Sophomore Nathan Williams struck out six batters in seven innings of work and John Crummy had two hits, including a bases-loaded double, lifting Miami to an 8-1 victory over LIU-Brooklyn Monday at Chain O' Lakes Stadium.
Miami, which improved to 5-6 with its third straight win, grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third. Jake Romano walked on the first four pitches, then took second on a groundout. He moved to third when Johnson singled past a diving shortstop and came home on Bower's chopper through the right side.
The Blackbirds (0-9) evened the game in the fifth on walk, wild pitch and single, all with one out.
But the tie was quickly broken. Matt Honchel and Johnson started the bottom of the fifth with back-to-back singles. Honchel moved to third on a flyout before Matt Packer was hit for the second time in the game and fifth time this season to load the bases. Scott Slappey hit the first pitch he saw sharply to second, but Honchel raced home for the 2-1 lead. After another walk and LIU pitching change, Crummy rocketed the second pitch off the wall in right center, clearing the bases.
The RedHawks used speed to generate a run in the sixth. Romano walked, stole second, took third when the throw to second got away, then scored when he beat a throw home on a grounder.
Crummy started another rally in the seventh by singling with one out. After being replaced by a pinch runner, Walsh doubled to left for a 7-1. A wild pitch and RBI single by Romano capped the scoring.
Kriss retired all three batters he faced in the eighth, while Suich gave up a pair of hits around striking out the side in the ninth.
LIU starter Chris Franzese took the loss to fall to 0-3. He gave up only four hits in 4.0 innings, but walked four and allowed five runs.
Miami takes tomorrow off before returning to action Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. against North Dakota State.