GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Miami erupted for four runs in the first inning and three more in the second, then hung on for an 8-6 victory over Michigan State Sunday at the First Pitch Invitational. The win was the second straight for the RedHawks after an 0-3 start to the season.

Eight of the nine starters registered hits for Miami, with Scott Slappey finishing the day 2-for-3. Each of his hits drove in a pair of runs, topping his career best of three RBIs set last April 21 vs. Bowling Green.

After allowing an unearned run in the top of the first, the RedHawks saw their first two batters pop up in the infield. But Matt Honchel singled, before Alex Johnson and Kevin Bower both walked to load the bases. Slappey singled sharply to right to put the RedHawks up 2-1, then Max Andresen laced a double off the wall in right center for two more runs.

Miami added three in the second to break the game open. Dan Walsh and Nate Bowles singled around a strikeout before a walk to Honchel filled the bags. After another K, Bower drew a walk for an easy RBI, before Slappey ripped a double just over third base for a 7-1 lead.

Marking his first career start, sophomore Nathan Williams (1-0) kept the Spartans (3-3) at bay during most of the first six innings, allowing five hits and three runs (two earned). He walked five and fanned three.

A solo home run in the third and a sacrifice fly in the sixth pulled Michigan State to within 7-3, but Johnson led off the seventh with a blast over a replica of Fenway Park's Green Monster in left.

Brian Thene pitched two scoreless innings, with only one of the seven batters he faced reaching base, before Michigan State made things interesting. Charlie Suich came on to start the ninth and got the first out, but surrendered a hit and walk before an error on a short hopper near second. Closer Brandon Adkins was called upon for the second straight day and retired both batters he faced, but not before a pair of wild pitches made the score 8-5. The Spartans' final tally was conceded on a groundout.

Mike Theodore (0-1) suffered the loss for Michigan State, as he was tagged with five hits and two walks by the 11 batters he faced. He allowed six runs, all earned, in only 1.1 innings.

Miami returns to action on Friday when it heads South for the third straight week. The RedHawks face Mercer in Macon, Ga., in a single game Friday and doubleheader Saturday.