TOLEDO, Ohio -- Miami capitalized on three first-inning errors to plate four runs, then Nathan Williams made the lead stand up as the RedHawks claimed their second straight series win, 4-1 over Toledo Sunday afternoon.
Williams (3-1) threw his first career complete game, allowing just four hits and three walks. He struck out three of the 32 batters he faced. Matt Honchel and Nate Bowles each had two of Miami's six hits, with Scott Slappey and Ryan Elble adding the other two.
With the win, Miami moved above .500 for the first time this season at 12-11.
The 5-1 record in Mid-American Conference play puts the RedHawks in sole possession of first place through two weekends.
Honchel started the game with a single up the middle that extended his hitting streak to eight games. Alex Johnson bunted for a sacrifice, but the throw to first by Toledo pitcher Ryan Wilkinson was errant. After a groundout advanced both runners, Bowles delivered a two-run single to center. A second error on the pitcher was followed by a Slappey single that loaded the bases. Dan Walsh hit a grounder to short to score Bowles and when the attempt to turn a double play resulted in a misplay at first, Crummy trotted home.
Toledo (10-14, 3-3) answered in the third with a triple and double, both with two outs. But a grounded prevented any further damage, keeping the RedHawks' lead at 4-1.
From there, Williams was in control. He walked a batter in the fourth, but then retired 17 straight batters, although he was helped by a double play that erased a hit in the fifth.
Wilkinson was also solid on the mound for the Rockets. After his initial troubles, he allowed just three more hits pitching through the eighth. He suffered the loss to fall to 2-2.
Miami returns to action on Wednesday with a 6:35 p.m. contest at Ohio State. The RedHawks travel to Akron for its next conference action.