MACON, Ga. -- One big inning cost Miami a chance at a big win on Friday night.
Mercer plated nine runs during the fifth inning, turing a 1-0 lead into double digits, then hung on for an 11-5 victory over Miami at Claude Smith Field. Kevin Bower hit a two-run homer, his first of the season, in the eighth.
Mercer (9-1) struck first on a leadoff home run in the third inning. The Bears capitalized on two Miami errors and a wild pitch for their big inning. Back-to-back RBI doubles, following by a home run accounted for the first three runs and chased starter Brooks Fiala (0-2). A walk and double off Brian Thene led to another run and a 7-0 score.
Another error, two walks and wild pitch forced another pitching change, with Clay Cinnamon allowing a hit, wild pitch and walk for two more runs before he got the final two outs.
Miami (2-4) got on the board with four runs in the eighth. Matt Honchel singled before Kevin Bower connected for a home run to right. A dropped fly in left allowed two runs to score later in the frame. The four runs equalled Miami's biggest outburst of the season.
The RedHawks got their final run in the ninth when Adam Yacek singled in Chad Sedio.
The two teams conclude their weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch is at 1 p.m.