March 2, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. -- John Crummy had a career-high three hits and drove in three runs, lifting Miami to a 9-8 win over 16th-ranked Ole Miss Friday night at Swayze Field. Alex Johnson was 4-for-5 and scored once, while Matt Honchel added three hits and two runs scored.
The win was the first against a ranked team since a 6-2 win at No. 13 Texas on March 9, 2007.
The RedHawks (4-3) took a 1-0 lead in the second by capitalizing on an error. Johnson singled to right, advanced to third on an error when the throw back to infield was wild and scored when Crummy singled through the left side.
Four hits and two more Rebel errors led to Miami's biggest inning of the season, a six-run third. With one out, Brenner singled to center and took second on the throw back to the infield. Honchel followed with a single up the middle, putting runners on the corners. Honchel broke for second, causing a wild throw from the catcher, bringing in Brenner and putting a runner back on third. After Bryce Redeker walked and stole second, Kevin Bower was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Crummy delivered again, bouncing a 1-0 pitch up the middle to make the 4-0. An RBI double by Dan Walsh plated another run, while a misplayed fly ball brough home two more.
Ole Miss (7-2) quickly got on the board, scoring five in the bottom of the frame. The first two Rebels were hit by a pitch before back-to-back RBI singles and a two-run double made the score 7-4. Later, a groundout cut the lead to two.
Single runs by Ole Miss in the fourth and fifth tied the game at 7-7, but Miami didn't quit. The RedHawks capitalized on their speed to tally two runs in the sixth for a 9-7 lead.
Brenner and Honchel both singled, then executed a double steal to put runners on second and third. After a popout, Kevin Bower bounced to first, scoring Brenner. Alex Johnson beat out an infield single on a 1-2 count for the second run of the inning.
Ole Miss got a run back in the seventh on a leadoff walk, groundout and single, the last off Miami's fifth pitcher of the game, Nathan Williams. But the redshirt freshman induced a groundout to a diving Bower at first, then struck out the final batter on a called check swing.
Williams struck out the side in the eighth and started the ninth with another K before an infield single. But the RedHawks turned their third double play of the game on a grounder to short to give Williams his first career save.
Joe Neff (1-0) picked up the win by pitching the fifth and part of the sixth. He allowed a run on one hit in 1.1 innings. Starter Mac Thoreson struck out four, but allowed seven runs on five hits over four innings. Casey Mulholland (0-1) earned the loss after coming on in relief of starter Boby Wahl in the sixth.
The two teams meet again tomorow afternoon at 1:30 p.m. ET.