BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Junior John Crummy scored two runs and drove in three runs with a 3-for-5 performance and Mac Thoreson allowed just one run over eight innings, lifting Miami to an 9-1 victory over Bowling Green Saturday afternoon at Steller Field.
Miami (22-24, 11-9) came out looking for redemption after falling 5-4 in the ninth yesterday. The RedHawks opened a 1-0 lead after just three batters when Matt Honchel led off the game with a single, took second on a groundout, and scored on a single by Crummy.
The RedHawks broke the game open with a five-run sixth, stringing together six hits in the inning. Romano and Crummy had infield singles before a force out at third. Alex Johnson singled to load the bases, then Chad Sedio drove in a run with a hit through the left side. Walsh followed with a two-run single through the right side. After a pitching change yielded a strikeout, Walsh stole second, setting up Ryan Elble for single that drove in two more runs, making the score 6-0.
Bowling Green (15-24, 9-11) tried to rally, starting its sixth with a leadoff home run and putting a runner on second with one out, but Thoreson limited the damage with a couple groundouts.
Miami added to the lead in the seventh. Romano beat out an infield single before Crummy tripled to deep center. Bower stroked a single to left to put the RedHawks up 8-1. The Falcons' defense prevented more damage as Bower was later thrown out at home trying to score on a single by Walsh.
An RBI single by Romano in the eighth capped the scoring. Wynston McMartin closed out the contest with a 1-2-3 ninth, registering one strikeout. BGSU starter Mike Frank took the loss, giving up six runs before leaving in the sixth.
The rubber game of the series takes place tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Steller Field.