With two outs in the top of the 14th, Miami's John Crummy singled and was replaced by pinch runner Marcus Makuch. After Ryan Elble was hit by a pitch, Dan Walsh lofted a fly ball that was dropped by the centerfielder, allowing both runners to score.
But in the bottom of the frame, Miami (14-13, 7-2) returned the favor. Elble couldn't handle a roller to second, then a double put the tying runs in scoring position. Shane Kriss, who came on in the 13th, got the first out, but gave up a game-tying triple by Jared Turocy off the wall in right field. Brandon Adkins replaced Kriss and gave up an infield single then hit a batter, before Bryan White delivered the game-winning single up the middle.
The Zips (6-23, 3-6) tallied six runs in the bottom of the first, but couldn't hold on early. They started the game with a walk and consecutive singles to open a 1-0 lead. After two straight fielder's choice plays that got runners out on the bases, an error by Walsh allowed another run to score.
But Akron capitalized even more, stringing together three hits in a row and getting a balk call to bump the lead to 6-0.
Miami didn't quit, though. The RedHawks tallied a run on a two-out, bases-loaded single by Matt Honchel in the second, then tied the game with a five-run third.
Kevin Bower walked before two straight infielder errors -- the latter on a sacrifice attempt -- loaded the bases. After a balk plated a run, Crummy singled through the left side for an RBI. Akron threw out a runner at home on a ground ball and got a fly ball, but then reloaded the bases by hitting Chad Sedio. Honchel drew a four-pitch walk for an easy RBI, then Alex Johnson tied the game with a two-run single to center.
Seth Varner, who spelled starter Nathan Williams in the second, kept the Zips at bay until the sixth, when he hit the leadoff hitter, then fell victim to a perfect bunt. After a stolen base, Miami opted to turn a double play and surrender the run, giving Akron a 7-6 lead.
Miami tied the game in the eighth when Sedio reached second on Akron's fifth error of the game. Honchel followed with a double to deep center field, allowing Sedio to trot home. After a sacrifice bunt by Johnson, Zip reliever Matt Larocca struck out Bower and got Nate Bowles to fly out to keep Miami from taking the lead.
Miami's relievers were outstanding in the contest. After Varner, who allowed two hits and a run in 4.1 innings, Charles Zubrod went a scoreless inning and Ryan Powers scattered four hits in five innings, from the eighth through the 12th.
Crummy finished the day 3-for-7 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Honchel and Bower each had two hits. Honchel drove in three.
Kriss took the loss to fall to 1-1, while Samuel Trecaso got the win by pitching the final four innings for the Zips.
The RedHawks wrap up their road swing Tuesday and Wednesday when it competes in the Fifth Annual Joe Nuxhall Classic. The opening round features Miami against Wright State at 3 p.m. followed by host Cincinnati and Xavier at 7.