MACON, Ga. -- Facing one of the hottest teams in the country, Miami dropped both ends of a doubleheader Saturday at Mercer, falling 9-6 and 11-0. The RedHawks fell to 2-6 overall after suffering a three-game sweep and their first shutout of the year.
Miami trailed 9-1 in the opener before trying to rally. The RedHawks scored five times in the seventh, highlighted by a a pair of home runs. Matt Packer led off with a shot over the wall in left, before Matt Honchel registered an RBI single four batters later. On the next pitch, Nate Bowles hit a three-run bomb to left.
Mac Thoreson (0-2) took the loss for Miami, allowing eight runs and 11 hits in 5.1 innings.
Grant Papelian (2-1) earned the win, pitching into the seventh, while Demitri Kourtis picked up his second save.
In the nightcap, Miami managed just one hit off Mercer starter D.J. Johnson (1-1), a seventh-inning single by Packer. Nathan Williams (1-1) suffered the loss for Miami, lasting just two innings
Miami is slated to play its first midweek game of the season on Tuesday when it travels to Xavier. However, the weather forecast is not favorable. Check MURedHawks.com for updates.