BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- For the third time in eight games, Miami gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth and fell in heartbreaking fashion, falling to Bowling Green 5-4 Friday afternoon at Stellar Field.
But the Bowling Green answered. A leadoff double followed by a sacrifice fly put the tying run at third. A double to right center tied the game at 4, then, after the second out, pinch hitter Logan Walker singled for the game-winner.
After falling behind 1-0 in the fourth, Miami struck right back in its next trip to the plate. Chad Sedio singled to right field. After the second out, Honchel singled before Romano plated both runners with a double to right. Crummy followed with a double to almost the exact same spot, making the score 3-1.
The Falcons (15-23, 9-10) steadily rallied, scoring one in the seventh and another in the eighth before the dramatic final inning. After the first two batters singled and a fielder's choice put runners on the corners, a third single closed the gap to 3-2. Cory Klenke replaced starter Brooks Fiala and hit the first batter to load the bases, but escaped the jam with a swinging strikeout and foulout to first.
In the next inning, Klenke got the first out, but gave up a single and two walks to load the bases. Closer Ryan Powers came on and got an out on a fielder's choice, but the Falcons scored a run on the play to make the score 3-3. He escaped that jam with a groundout, but could not preserve the lead in the ninth, taking the loss to fall to 1-3.
Miami also gave up two runs in the ninth on April 24 at Dayton (a 5-4 loss) and on April 27 at Northern Illinois (a 4-3 loss). Powers suffered both of those losses as well.
Nick Bruns, who pitched the ninth for the Falcons, earned the win to improve to 3-0.
The two teams continue their series tomorrow afternoon with a 1 p.m. first pitch from Bowling Green.