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The Kent State baseball team wasted a dominant start by sophomore Joey Murray on Senior Day, falling 2-1 to Miami in the series finale Sunday at Schoonover Stadium.
Murray struck out a career-high 12 in six innings, allowing just one run on two hits and two walks. He left with the score tied 1-1, but the RedHawks (21-33, 7-14 Mid-American Conference) scored a run in the eighth off reliever Patrick Dayton (2-1) to snap the Golden Flashes' seven-game winning streak and keep them from securing the MAC regular season title.
The Flashes (33-14, 17-4) took a lead in the third when Luke Burch singled up the middle, stole second and scored on a Dylan Rosa double off the wall in centerfield. But they finished the day with just four hits.
Zach Spangler threw a scoreless inning of relief, while Robert Zeigler threw 1 2/3 hitless frames with two strikeouts for Kent State.
The Flashes will wrap up their home season on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. game against Youngstown State (15-36). Kent State will then conclude the regular season by visiting Ohio (25-25, 11-10) for three games this weekend, needing just one win to secure the MAC regular season championship and the No. 1 seed for the MAC Tournament.