WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Miami rallied from a 3-1 deficit early in the game with 11 unanswered runs, including three-spot in the eighth that broke 3-3 tie, for a 12-3 rout of Fairfield Sunday afternoon at Chain O' Lakes Stadium. The RedHawks pounded out a season-high 19 hits, eight more than their previous best.
Matt Honchel raised his average from .229 to an even .300 with a 4-for-5 day, the fourth time in his career that he has tallied four hits. He also drove in a pair of runs. Dan Walsh had three hits, including Miami's first triple of the season, while five other RedHawks -- Alex Johnson, Kevin Bower, Scott Slappey, John Crummy and Jake Romano -- tallied a pair of hits.
Clay Cinnamon (1-0) earned the victory by pitching two scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, but also fanned two after coming in to open the seventh. Sophomore Ryan Powers was very effective in his first start of 2013, scattering six hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out two in allowing three runs, one of which was unearned.
Miami (4-6) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Romano. But the Stags (3-5) bounced back with two in the bottom of the frame to take the lead. A hit-batter, infield error and single to center accounted for the 2-1 lead.
Fairfield added a run in the third to make it 3-1. With two outs, a double off the glove of Walsh at third was followed by a single through the left side.
The lead lasted until the fifth, when the RedHawks plated a pair to even the game at 3-3. Honchel led off with a single, then after an out, stole second. Bower found the gap in right center for an RBI, then came home on a two-out single by Slappey.
Miami grabbed its first lead in the eighth. After a leadoff out, Max Andresen hit a 1-2 pitch into left field. He advanced to third on a single inside the first-base bag by Crummy. Walsh put Miami ahead with a single to center before Honchel provided some insurance with a two-out, two-run double to deep center.
The RedHawks added six runs off three Fairfield pitchers in the ninth, their biggest inning of the year. With one out, Bower singled, then Matt Packer was hit by a pitch. Slappey singled in a run, then Andresen delivered a sacrifice fly for an 8-3 lead. Adam Yacek came within a few feet of a home run by launching a pinch-hit double off the left field wall for an RBI. before Walsh's trip to right center. Johnson capped the rally with a two-run single.
Kyle Capaldo (0-2) took the loss for Fairfield, allowing three runs and five hits in two innings of relief.
Miami returns to action tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. against LIU-Brooklyn.