OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami took a 1-0 lead after the first inning, but Ohio responded with seven unanswered runs for a 7-3 victory over the RedHawks in the 2013 regular-season finale. Matt Honchel had three of Miami's eight hits, while also scoring and driving in a run.
For the third straight day, Miami opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Honchel doubled on the second pitch, but was taken out on a fielder's choice. After a single by John Crummy, Jake Romano stole third and scored on an Alex Johnson sacrifice fly.
Ohio (14-39, 9-18) struck right back. Miami starter Nathan Williams walked the first batter, then hit the next to put two runners on. A failed sacrifice put runners on the corners before a single to left center tied the game. The Bobcats took the lead for good later in the frame when a throw to second on a stolen base attempt sailed into center field.
A single run in the fifth and three more in the seventh, only one of which was earned, increased the lead to 6-1.
Miami tried to rally in the seventh, loading the bases with no outs. Honchel hit a grounder to second for a fielder's choice, but Kendall Johnson was ruled to have slide outside of the baseline, resulting in an automatic double play and putting the runners back at second and third. A strikeout ended the threat.
Ohio added an insurance run in the top of the ninth, before MIami got back on the scoreboard. Scott Slappey doubled with one out and scored when Honchel tripled to right. A flyball by Jake Romano plated the final run.
Williams took the loss to fall to 4-4. He allowed six hits and three runs (two earned) in 4.1 innings. Four relievers saw action as Miami used its bullpen as a tuneup for the MAC Tournament. Ohio starter Sean Kennedy (5-3) picked up the win. He scattered four hits, while giving up a single run in five innings.
With the loss, Miami claimed the No. 5 seed at the Mid-American Conference Tournament next week and will face No. 4 Ball State at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. No. 1 Kent State and No. 8 Central Michigan are also in the RedHawks's bracket.