OXFORD, Ohio -- Kent State broke open a close game with a five-run fifth and added four more in the seventh to defeat Miami 13-2 Sunday at McKie Field, completing a sweep of the Mid-American Conference weekend series.
The loss was the season-high fifth straight for the RedHawks, who fell to 14-18 overall and 7-5 in the Mid-American Conference.
Matt Honchel beat out an infield single to shortstop, then stole second on a strikeout. Bower doubled down the left field line to break a string of 17 scoreless innings for the RedHawks. Aftrer a groundout, Slappey found a hole in the left side to make the score 4-2. However, after the second stolen base of the inning, a flyout prevented any further damage.
Kent State took advantage of some errant pitching to plate five runs in the fifth. A leadoff walk and hit batter put runners on first and second and ended the day for Williams (3-2). Seth Varner came on and walked the bases loaded, allowing an error on a chopper over the mound to bring in a run. The only hit of the inning -- a single to center -- plated two for a 6-2 KSU lead, then a wild pitch plated a run. The Golden Flashes capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center that made the score 9-2.
Three hits and a two walks, plus the third of four Miami errors, led to four Kent State runs in the seventh.
Casey Wilson picked up the win for the Golden Flashes to improve to 4-3. He scattered six hits over five innings. Four relievers allowed just two hits and four walks over four scoreless frames.
MIami looks to get back on the winning side this week when it starts a home-and-home series with Eastern Kentucky. The teams meet in Richmond at 3 p.m. on Tuesday before playing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in Oxford.