OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami senior Brooks Fiala struck out 12, one shy of his career high over eight innings and Ryan Powers worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his third save as the RedHawks outlasted Ball State 1-0 Friday night at McKie Field.
Miami's only run came in the fifth when Dan Walsh singled, took third on back-to-back balks and scored on a one-out groundout by Matt Honchel.
Fiala (5-4) allowed the first Ball State hitter to reach third after a leadoff single, but then retired the next 11 hitters. After a two-out single in the fourth, he struck out five straight before another single in the sixth. The Cardinals also infield singles in the seventh and eighth, but both runners were thrown out trying to steal.
Powers gave up a leadoff single in the ninth before a fielder's choice for the first out. After another single and flyout and error by shortstop Scott Slappey loaded the bases. But Powers got pinch hitter Tyler Curry to hit a grounder to third for the final out.
Scott Baker suffered his first loss of the season after an 8-0 start despite pitching a complete game. He struck out eight and allowed just five hits.
Honchel, Walsh, Slappey, Kevin Bower and Alex Johnson had hits for Miami. Wes Winkle had three of Ball State's seven singles.
The win was the third straight for Miami, which snapped a four-game Mid-American Conference losing streak to improve to 17-18, 8-5. Ball State is now 16-18, 5-8.
The two teams meet against tomorrow with first pitch slated for 3 p.m. at McKie Field.