DeKalb, Ill. -- Miami scored two runs in the top of the ninth to take a 3-2 advantage, but Northern Illinois answered with two in its half of the inning for a 4-3 victory over the RedHawks Saturday afternoon at Ralph McKinzie Field.
Max Andresen had given Miami (19-22, 9-8) its first lead of the game with a two-out, two-run double. He plated Alex Johnson, who singled with one out and Chad Sedio, who drew a two-out walk as a pinch hitter.
But the Huskies (18-22, 13-4) rallied against Miami closer Ryan Powers. They started the ninth with a single, then, after a strikeout, put runners on the corners with another single. Powers got the second out, but the tying run scored on an error by shortstop Cory Klenke, who had just filled the spot held by Sedio. A bouncer through the hole at third and short ended the contest, marking the second walk-off loss against Powers (1-2) in four games. On Tuesday, Dayton plated two runs in the ninth for a 5-4 win.
The loss spoiled a valiant effort by starter Mac Thoreson, who allowed six hits and two runs (one earned) over eight innings. He fanned three and did not walk anyone.
Northern Illinois opened the scoring with single runs in the second and third. The Huskies loaded the bases with one out in the second on a hit batter and two singles. A fielder's choice plated made the score 1-0. One inning later, an unearned run on a sacrifice fly doubled the margin to 2-0.
Miami got on the board in the eighth. With one out, Ryan Elble singled up the middle before Matt Honchel doubled down the right field line. Jake Romano stepped to the plate and chopped one over second base, cutting the lead to 2-1. But NIU induced a 6-4-3 double play ball from Kevin Bower to preserve the lead.
Four RedHawks each had a pair of hits -- Honchel, Romano, John Crummy and Walsh. Miami out-hit Northern Illinois 12-10, but committed three errors in the contest.
The series concludes tomorrow afternoon when the two teams meet at 1:05 p.m. (CT).