AVON, Ohio -- Miami bolted to a 4-1 lead after two-and-a-half innings, but Ball State scored 12 unanswered runs for a 13-7 victory over the RedHawks in the opening game of the 2013 Mid-American Conference Tournament at All Pro Freight Stadium. The outcome sends Miami into a loser's bracket game tomorrow at 12:30 against Central Michigan, which lost 15-8 to Kent State Wednesday night.

Matt Honchel, Dan Walsh and Alex Johnson each had two hits for the RedHawks, who are seeded fifth in the tournament.

For the fourth straight game, Miami (25-29) cracked the scoreboard in the first inning. With one out, Jake Romano triple to the gap in right center. The next batter, John Crummy, drove a 2-0 pitch into centerfield, putting the RedHawks up 1-0. They added a run in the second after Chad Sedio led off with a single, took second on a Nate Bowles sacrifice and scored on a ground-rule double by Dan Walsh.

Fourth-seeded Ball State (29-23) struck right back with a run in its second. A leadoff triple and infield single made the score 2-1. Miami added two runs in the top of the fourth on a two-out, single by Walsh, but the Cardinals answered. A hit batter and back-to-back singles accounted for a run, then a single after a double-play cut the margin to 4-3.

After the RedHawks were held scoreless for the first time in the fourth, Ball State took control. The Cardinals scored 10 runs over the next three innings, hitting a trio of two-run home runs. They tallied four in the fourth, two in the fifth and four more in the sixth, before Wynston McMartin pitched a scoreless seventh.

Miami closed the gap with two outs in the ninth when Johnson hit his team-high fifth home run of the year, a three-run shot over the wall in left center,

Fiala (6-6) endured his worst outing of the season, allowing 13 hits and nine runs over 4.1 innings. He did not walk a batter, while striking out three. Scott Baker, the MAC's Pitcher of the Year, settled down after a rocky start to earn his school-record 12th win of the year. He allowed four runs and nine hits before being relieved to start the ninth.

The loss ended a string of two straight years where Miami won its first two tournament games to earn a spot in the bracket final.