BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Miami rallied from a 10-4 deficit to send the tying run to the plate three times in the ninth, but the margin was too much to overcome in a 10-8 loss to Bowling Green Sunday in the rubber game of the Mid-American Conference series.
Miami opened a 3-0 lead in the top of the first after a bases-loaded walk to Walsh and a two-run single by Sedio. But the Falcons answered with a three-run triple in the first, then scored one in the second, one in the fourth and two in the fifth to lead 7-3.
The RedHawks closed the gap with a run in the sixth after Sedio singled, took second on a balk and came home in a single by Nate Bowles, but Bowling Green countered with a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh for a 10-4 advantage.
Miami fought back, though. With one out in the eighth, Walsh, Johnson and Sedio singled to load the bases. After Bowles struck out, the Falcons changed pitchers and Miami sent Max Andresen up to pinch hit. A wild pitch made the score 10-5 but Andresen flied out to center to end the threat.
The RedHawks continued to threaten in the ninth. Honchel and Romano singled before John Crummy hit a grounder to second. The throw to start the double play was off line, scoring Honchel and putting runners on the corners. After a pitching change and pinch runner, Kevin Bower walked to load the bases, bringing on another change on the mound and another Miami pinch runner. Walsh hit a foul ball down the right field line that was caught for the first out, but each runner advanced, making the score 10-7.
Johnson grounded out to short for the second out, driving in Julian Flanary, before Sedio struck out swinging to end the contest.
Miami starter Seth Varner took the loss after allowing four hits and four runs in the first two innings. He is now 1-1 after the decision. Jason Link (1-1) picked up the win for the Falcons, coming in to start the fifth and lasting 3.2 innings. He allowed seven hits and two runs during that span. Trevor Blaylock earned his first save by getting the final two outs of the game.
The RedHawks take a week off for final exams before beginning a six-game MAC homestand to close the regular-season. Buffalo is the first opponent, visiting McKie Field next weekend.