WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Miami batted around in both the fourth and seventh innings, and sent nine men to the plate in the third, during an 18-1 rout of North Dakota State Wednesday at Chain O' Lakes Stadium. The game was called after seven innings due to Russ Matt Invitational rules.
The RedHawks had 17 hits, two shy of their season high effort on Sunday, while the 19 runs were the most since last year's spring trip to Florida.
Sophomore Brian Thene (1-0) was masterful in his first start of 2013, allowing five hits and an earned run in six innings. He walked two and struck out four.
After the first four batters were retired with relative ease, Miami struck for two runs in the second. Matt Packer walked, then scored on a double by Adam Yacek. After a second out, Walsh laced a single to center for the first of his three hits and three RBIs.
The RedHawks, 6-6 after four straight wins, added two more runs in the third, sending 10 men to the plate. Honchel hit the first pitch up the middle, then Johnson found the right field corner for a run-scoring triple. On the next pitch, Kevin Bower found a hole on the right side for a 4-0 lead. After a walk to Nate Bowles, Packer's sacrifice attempt was thrown wildly to third, allowing another run to score and putting runners at second and third. After a pair of strikeouts, Walsh singled up the middle to cap the five-run rally.
The rout continued in the fourth with four runs on five hits. Honchel singled through the left side before Johnson drew a full-count walk. Bower doubled in the first run, then Bowles singled to center to make the score 9-0. A sacrifice fly by Packer and strikeout made for two outs, but Scott Slappey kept the inning alive with a single to left. A misplayed grounder loaded the basesallowing Jake Romano to use his speed to beat out an infield single on a high chopper to first.
North Dakota State got on the scoreboard in the fourth, starting the frame with a single, walk and bouncer up the middle. But Thene buckled down and retired the next three batters on fly balls.
An RBI double by Bowles in the fifth make the score 12-1 before Miami added six in the seventh. Back-to-back two run doubles by Honchel and Johnson did most of the damage, while another infield single by Romano and a wild pitch capped Miami's biggest inning of the year.
Reliever Alex Brown needed only 10 pitches against three batters to end the game early. He got a groundout, strikeout and foul pop to third.
Honchel, Johnson and Walsh each had three hits for the RedHawks, while three other players added a pair of hits.
NDSU starter Parker Trewin (0-2) took the loss. He gave up seven runs and five hits in just two-plus innings.
Miami returns to action Thursday at noon when it faces Army at Henley Field in Lakeland.