WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Brooks Fiala scattered five hits over 7.2 innings pitched and Nate Bowles registered two of Miami's six hits, lifting the RedHawks to a 4-2 victory over Illinois State Saturday afternoon at Chain of Lakes Stadium.
Miami (3-6) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first four innings. With one out in the third, Dan Walsh doubled down the left field line. After the second out, he came home when Alex Johnson singled to right center.
In their next at-bat, the RedHawks tallied three runs. Kevin Bower was hit by the 10th pitch he faced, then took second on a passed ball. After a groundout, Bowles singled through the left side for the RBI. Freshman Adam Yacek took a 1-0 pitch just inside the bag at third, giving Miami a pair of runners in scoring position. Ryan Elble walked to load the bases before the Illinois State second baseman booted a grounder by Walsh up the middle, allowing two more runs to score.
Fiala (1-2) worked into the eighth before giving up a two-out double. He allowed five hits and three walks while striking out five. The RedHawks and reliever Brandon Adkins kept the Redbirds off the scoreboard when Chad Sedio made a sliding grab in right to end the inning.
But after getting a groundout to start the ninth, Adkins issued a walk and hit a batter, forcing Miami back to the bullpen. Cory Klenke unleashed a wild pitch, allowed an infield single that scored a run and loaded the bases by hitting a batter. Seth Varner, the RedHawks' fourth pitcher, allowed a sacrifice fly for the second out, but caught the ISU clean-up hitter looking for his first save of 2013.
Miami continues play tomorrow when it faces Fairfield at 2 p.m.