OXFORD, Ohio -- Senior Brooks Fiala extended his scoreless innings streak to 25.2 and Ryan Elble tied his career high with three hits, leading Miami to a 4-0 victory over Eastern Michigan Friday afternoon at McKie Field. The game was the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams.
The teams battled through three innings without any scoring before Miami (8-10, 1-0) broke the drought in the fourth. Kevin Bower drew a leadoff walk, then took second on a one-out wild pitch. John Crummy hit a 2-2 pitch down the right field line for a 1-0 lead. Elble delivered a two-out single later in the frame for the second run.
Elble started another rally in the seventh. He doubled to right to lead off the inning, then safely beat the throw on a sacrifice bunt fielder's choice by Chad Sedio. Matt Honchel, who finished the day 2-for-4 with a stolen base, fouled off the first seven pitches he saw, but then worked the count full. On the 11th pitch, he roped a ball to the wall in right center, driving in a run. A sacrifice fly by Bower capped the scoring.
Over his last three games, Elble is 8-for-12 with a pair of three-hit days.
Fiala, winner of three straight decisions after an 0-2 start, motored along. He gave up six hits and walked three, while striking out six. The reigning Mid-American Conference East Division Pitcher of the Week threw a two-hit shutout against Navy last Friday and left with two outs in the eighth, holding a 4-0 lead, vs. Illinois State on March 9. His last run allowed was on a home run by the final Mercer Bear he faced on March 1.
Neil Butera (2-3) threw 6.1 innings in a losing effort for Eastern Michigan. He gave up eight of Miami's nine hits, and walked two. He fanned three.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow in a 12 noon doubleheader at McKie Field. The series finale was scheduled for Sunday but has been moved up due to expected inclement weather.