GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Senior Brooks Fiala fanned seven batters over six innings, but the effort wasn't enough as Miami fell 8-1 to Northwestern Friday afternoon in its 2013 season opener. Fiala left the game after allowing just two runs on seven hits with the performance marking the sixth time in his career that he has struck out seven or more in an outing.

Miami managed just three hits during contest, two of which came in the first inning. Sophomore Matt Honchel started the season with a double to left field, then Kevin Bower delivered an RBI single to center two outs later.

Northwestern answered right back in the top of the second, taking advantage of a leadoff walk and single. Fiala registed a strikeout, but the leadoff runner stole third to put runners on the corners. Another strikeout nearly helped the RedHawks escape, but a two-out single knotted the game at 1.

A leadoff double and two sacrifice bunts, the latter on a perfect squeeze,  gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead in the sixth, before they added two more runs in the seventh. Reliever Ryan Powers gave up two hits and a leadoff walk, with an error on a failed pickoff attempt adding to the damage.

The Miami bullpen continued to struggle as Brandon Adkins gave up an unearned run in the eighth and Wynston McMartin allowed three runs on three hits in the ninth.

Alex Johnson provided Miami's only other hit off Northwestern starter Zach Morton (1-0), a fourth-inning single to left. Fiala took the loss to fall to 0-1.

Action continues at the First Pitch Invitational tomorrow when Miami faces Michigan State at 4 p.m.