OXFORD, Ohio -- A day after going 5-for-5 with six runs batted in at Eastern Kentucky, junior John Crummy continued his hot streak against the Colonels, delivering three hits and driving in one during a 6-5 Miami victory at McKie Field.
Eastern Kentucky opened a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a leadoff double, stolen base and double play, but Miami evened the game in the bottom of the frame. Matt Honchel and Jake Romano singled to start the rally. After a short flyout, Crummy hit a ball to the warning track in deep right, where the fielder caught it and hesitated, allowing Honchel to score all the way from second.
Miami (16-18) took a 2-1 lead after the first two outs were recorded in the third. Romano tripled down the left field line and came home on a seeing-eye single to right by Bower.
After Eastern Kentucky (11-22) tied the game on an RBI double in the top of the fourth, Miami took the lead for good. Chad Sedio started the bottom of the inning with a single and took second on a failed pickoff attempt. Johnson doubled to left for a 3-2 lead, then scored one out later on a perfectly-executed squeeze bunt by Ryan Elble.
The Colonels manufactured a run in the fifth on a pair of two-out singles with a stolen base in between. But Miami tacked on some insurance runs in the sixth. Johnson singled and stole second with one out. After a walk to Elble and the second out, Romano singled to right center to score a run. When the throw came home, Romano induced a run-down long enough for Elble to cross the plate.
The runs were needed as Eastern Kentucky tallied two in the ninth off closer Ryan Powers. The inning started with a single to left, then Honchel misplayed a fly ball to the left field corner for a three-base error. A groundout made the score 6-5, but Powers struck out the Colonels' last batter for his second save.
Senior Cory Klenke got the win in his first career start. He pitched a scheduled four innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned). He walked two and fanned a career-best four. Relievers Shane Kriss and Clay Cinnamon pitched the middle 3.2 innings, allowing four hits and a run. Miami pitchers totalled 11 strikeouts in the contest.
Eastern Kentucky starter Matt Lynch (0-3) took the loss, allowing four runs and nine hits over five innings. He struck out three.
Miami continues its homestand this weekend with a three-game series against MAC West foe Ball State. The RedHawks stand third in the East Division with a 7-5 record, while the Cardinals are tied for second in the West with a 5-7 league mark.