AVON, Ohio -- Top-seeded Kent State capitalized on six hits and three walks in the first three innings to open a 6-0 lead and Miami could never recover in a 7-0 loss to the Golden Flashes Friday night at All Pro Freight Stadium. The outcome ends Miami's season at 26-30.
A hit batter and walk cost starter Nathan Williams (4-5) in the top of the first as the Golden Flashes used a single to center later in the inning for a 1-0 lead.
Williams got in further trouble in the third as Kent State started with three hits to tally another run. A flyball to right allowed both runner to tag, then back-to-back walks made the score 3-0. Consecutive singles plated three more runs.
Relievers Charles Zubrod, Brandon Adkins and Shane Kriss kept the Goldden Flashes at bay for most of the remainder of the game, yielding one run on three hits over the final 6.2 innings, but the damage was done. Kriss went the final three frames, allowing only a hit and a walk while fanning two.
Miami finished the contest with eight hits, but only had two baserunners in the same inning once.
Casey Wilson (8-5) pitched a complete game for Kent State, walking one and striking out three.