May 7, 2011
KENT, Ohio -- Miami was no match for league-leading Kent State on Saturday, surrendering season highs for runs and hits in a 14-1 loss to the 28th-ranked Golden Flashes. The RedHawks answered with just three hits of their own, equalling a season-low.
Kyle Weldon, Ryan Kaup and Jon Edgington registered Miami's hits in the game. Only two other RedHawks -- Brad Gschwind (walk) reached base.
Kent State (32-12, 17-3) tallied all of its runs in the first six innings. The Golden Flashes posted an unearned run in the first, then added three in the second for a 4-0 lead. The game got out of hand in the fourth when Kent State plated six runs -- the biggest opponent inning of the year against the RedHawks. The outburst was capped by a three-run home run by Roberts.
Starter Tyler Melling (6-2) allowed 10 runs, eight earned, on eight hits and three walks. He struck out three.
Alex Brown gave up three runs on a triple and double by consecutive batters in the fifth, both of which came with two outs. The Golden Flashes added an unearned run in the sixth off Ryan Meyers to lead 14-0.
Miami's run came in the eighth inning on an RBI groundout by pinch-hitter Bryan Beaver. With one out, Kaup singled before Edgington doubled to set up the play.
Miami (26-20, 13-7) had three hits on two other occasions this year, April 10 at Northern Illinois and April 23 at Akron. Kent State's 15 hits topped a 14-hit attack by Morehead State on March 19.
The two teams wrap up the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.