RICHMOND, Ky. -- Junior John Crummy hit his first career home run -- a grand slam -- as part of a 5-for-5 day and Brian Thene retired 18 of the first 20 batter he faced in a 19-2 Miami victory over Eastern Kentucky Tuesday afternoon at Turkey Hughes Field. The win ended the RedHawks' longest losing streak since 2008 at six games.
Every starter in the lineup but one had at least one hit, helping Miami to a season-high total of 23. The 19 runs were also a season-high, topping a 17-run effort against North Dakota State on March 13. Four other RedHawks -- Matt Honchel, Kevin Bower, Alex Johnson and Scott Slappey -- added three hits apiece to the attack.
Miami (15-18) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first after the first two batters were retired. Bower, Crummy, Slappey and Jake Romano singled in succession to put the RedHawks ahead. A four-run third was highlighted by back-to-back one-out doubles by Bower and Crummy, an RBI double by Johnson and run-scoring single by Dan Walsh.
Johnson hit Miami's first home run in 20 games, a solo shot in the fifth, to make the score 8-0 before the the RedHawks broke the game open with four runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh. Bower delivered a two-run double for a 10-0 lead, then Crummy singled up the middle for an RBI. A sac fly by Johnson capped the frame. One inning later, Ryan Elble scored on a bases-loaded fielder's choice. Crummy took the next pitch over the wall in right center to clear the bases. He finished the day with four runs scored and six runs batted in.
Eastern Kentucky (11-22) struck for two runs on two hits and a pair of walks in the seventh, but Miami capped the scoring with two runs of its own in the top of the ninth.
Thene scattered four hits and walked two over seven innings pitched. He struck out three to improve to 2-2. Relievers Brandon Adkins and Wynston McMartin surrendered just a hit and a walk over the final two frames. EKU starter Chris Cervantes fell to 0-2 with the loss. He allowed five Miami runs over 2.1 innings.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow as part of the home-and-home series. First pitch at McKie Field in Oxford is set for 6 p.m.