OXFORD, Ohio – Nathan Williams shut out Akron for eight innings and the Miami University baseball team racked up 14 hits in a 6-0 win on Saturday afternoon.
The RedHawks (11-17, 3-5 Mid-American) evened their weekend series with the Zips (14-13, 6-2 MAC) with the victory, snapping their seven-game losing streak in the process.
Walks by Jake Romano and Gary Russo sandwiched around a Dan Walsh single loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the first, but JT Brubaker recovered by getting the next two batters on a strikeout and a pop out to keep the contest scoreless after one.
The RedHawks put together some two-out thunder in the second. Romano’s two-out single moved Chad Sedio to third base on a hit-and-run play and Romano swiped second on a delayed steal. Walsh’s hard hit groundball was knocked down up the middle by a diving James Sheltrown at second, but Walsh beat the throw for an infield hit that plated both Sedio and Romano to put the RedHawks up 2-0 after two innings.
Sedio’s two-run triple headlined a three-run fifth inning for Miami. The sophomore ripped the first pitch he saw through the gap in right center field and hustled into third standing up after plating both Max Andresen and Ryan Elble. That hit chased UA starter Brubaker from the game with one out in the fifth. Miami used some small ball to bring Sedio around as Steve Sada executed a perfect squeeze bunt to make it a 5-0 ballgame. The Red and White capped their scoring for the day the very next inning with Walsh touching home on Andresen’s sacrifice fly.
That offense was more than enough for Williams, who maneuvered through the Zips’ lineup with efficiency. He faced one batter over the minimum through six full innings of work, yielding only one hit and one walk while fanning six batters in that frame.
The Zips did put pressure on Williams by loading the bases with one out in the seventh, but the junior right-hander locked in by forcing Daulton Mosbarger to fly out and striking out Matt LoRocca to end the frame. After stranding two more Akron runners in the eighth, Williams was awarded an opportunity to finish the game in shutout fashion for the ninth. After battling with pinch-hitter Danny Lawrence, the batter laced a single to right center field to lead off the frame to end a sensational outing by Williams. Charles Zubrod was summoned out of the bullpen and retired the next three batters to preserve the shutout.
Williams (2-4) picked up his second win of the year by tossing eight shutout innings. He held the Zips to four hits and struck out seven batters while walking three. Over his last four starts, Williams has a 2.30 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP while pitching 31.1 innings, nearly eight innings per start.
Six RedHawk batters recorded multiple hits, led by Dan Walsh’s near-perfect 4-for-5 afternoon. Romano (2-for-4 with two steals), Crummy (2-for-3), Andresen (2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored), Sedio (2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBI) and Sada (2-for-3 with an RBI) all posted two hits for Miami.
The RedHawks and Zips play the rubber match of their three-game set on Sunday. Ryan Powers will take the mound for Miami and he’ll throw the first pitch at 1 p.m.