AKRON, Ohio -- Freshman outfielder Chad Sedio had a career-high three hits and Brooks Fiala struck out seven over seven innings pitched, leading Miami to a 7-2 victory over Akron Friday at Lee Jackson Field.
Miami (13-12, 6-1) manufactured a run in the first inning after Matt Honchel led off with a single and, after an out, stole second. He moved to third on a flyout and scored when John Crummy hit a 1-2 up the middle for a single.
Akron took just two batters to tie the game at 1-1, registering a double and single off Fiala. But the RedHawks answered in their next trip to the plate. Sedio started with a double, then took third on a wild-pitch strikeout. Dan Walsh grounded into a fielder's choice to plate the run.
Sedio and Walsh combined for another run in the fourth. Sedio led off with a single, then scored on a one-out double by Walsh to make the lead 3-1. The RedHawks broke the game open with three runs in the fifth. Kevin Bower and Nate Bowles singled, putting runners on the corners. After Bowles stole second, a sacrifice fly by Crummy drove in another run. After a walk, Sedio delivered a two-run triple for a 6-1 lead.
Akron (5-22, 2-5) tried to rally, taking advantage of a Ryan Elble error after an infield single. With the runner on second, back-to-back groundouts closed the gap to 6-2. But the sophomore second baseman gained redemption, doubling to start the eighth. He scored on a fielder's choice later in the inning.
Fiala (4-3) pitched seven complete innings, allowing six hits and walking two. He gave way to Charles Zubrod to start the eighth, while Seth Varner retired all three batters he faced in the ninth to secure the win.
Akron starter JT Brubaker took the loss to fall to 0-6. He gave up six of Miami's runs in 4.1 innings of work.
The two teams continue the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.