DeKALB, Ill. -- John Crummy and Jake Romano had two hits apiece and Dan Walsh and Max Andresen both hit solo homers, lifting Miami to a 6-4 win Sunday in the finale of a Mid-American Conference series with Northern Illinois. Seth Varner, making his second start of 2013, struck our five over 6.0 innings of work to earn the win.
Miami manufactured a run in the first after Romano singled with one out and stole second. One out later, Crummy singled to left, making the score 1-0. Walsh led off the second with his first career home run to double the lead.
An throwing error in the fourth led to Miami's third run. Alex Johnson singled on the first pitch. He stole second and gained third when the throw by the catcher was errant. A groundout by Walsh gave the RedHawks a 3-0 lead. Walsh picked up his third RBI of the contest on a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Crummy started the inning with a double to left, then reached third on a wild pitch. After a groundout, Walsh's fly out to center made the lead 4-0.
Miami added an insurance run in the seventh. Honchel drew a two-out walk, then stole second. After Romano singled to put runners on the corners, a double steal attempt produced a run, even though Romano was tagged out in a rundown.
Northern Illinois (18-23, 13-5) got on the scoreboard in the seventh, cutting the deficit to 5-4. A double, walk and single loaded the bases and ended Varner's day. Charles Zubrod came on and struck out the first batter he faced, but then walked two in a row. The rally continued with a two-run single before the second out, then a hit batter reloaded the bases. But Zubrod got a grounder for a fielder's choice that preserved the slimmest of leads.
Miami added a run in the ninth on a one-out homer by Andresen, then turned the ball over to closer Ryan Powers. The sophomore allowed the Huskies to put the tying runs on base with a leadoff single and two-out walk, but got a groundball out for his fifth save.
Varner improved to 1-0 with the win, while Alex Klonowski fell to 4-5 with the loss.
Miami plays its final non-conference games of the year this week when it faces Cincinnati in a home-and-home series. The teams meet at Marge Schott Stadium on Tuesday before returning to McKie Field in Oxford on Wednesday.