OXFORD, Ohio -- Sophomore Nathan Williams rebounded from a rough first inning to strike out a career-high 10 batters, while Ryan Elble and Kevin Bower both homered in a 13-5 rout of Dayton Wednesday night at McKie Field. The win avenged a 5-4 walk-off loss to the Flyers yesterday in Dayton.
Williams allowed the first three Flyers to reach base on a walk, single and another walk, then threw a wild pitch to fall behind 1-0. He recovered to get the next three batters out, although the second came on a sacrifice fly that made the score 2-0.
Williams retired 20 of the next 21 batters until a solo home run with two outs in the seventh. He struck out the side in the fourth and had a pair of Ks in both the second and third.
Meanwhile, Miami's offense got rolling. The RedHawks (19-20) had a big inning of their own in the first, scoring three times off two Dayton pitchers. Starter Denton Stegeman walked the first two batters and committed a balk. After a wild pitch that scored a run, he gave up a single to Bower and was replaced. Reliever Corey Johnson gave up a double on his second pitch, then allowed a game-tying sacrifice fly. Walsh capped the rally with an RBI single that pushed Miami ahead, 3-2.
The RedHawks added to the lead in the fourth on a leadoff triple by Walsh and sacrifice fly by Max Andresen, then added another sacrifice fly in the fifth for a 5-2 advantage.
In the sixth, Elble hit his first career home run with one out, then Bower drove in Matt Honchel, who had singled earlier in the frame.
Dayton (9-28-1) closed the gap on a solo home run by Spencer Rohr in the seventh, but Miami broke the game open in their half of the inning. The fourth sacrifice fly of the game made the score 7-3 before and RBI single by Jake Romano and three-run home run by Bower pushed the lead to 12-3.
Dayton tallied two unearned runs in the eighth, while Miami capped the scoring on an RBI double by Walsh in the bottom of the inning.
Williams improved to 4-2 with the win, while Johnson fell to 0-2 with the loss.
Miami returns to Mid-American Conference play this weekend with a key series at Northern Illinois. The Huskies are tied for first in the league with an 11-4 conference mark. The RedHawks are two games behind in a tie for third.