After a promising start, things went downhill for Miami.

The Wardogs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning of Saturday's Verdigris Valley Conference game with Hilldale.

But that would be their only run as the Hornets carted off a 5-1 victory at Joe Pollock Field.

“I thought we were going to put a lot of runs on the board, but we had a couple rally-kills,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said.

A sacrifice fly by Richard Bearskin drove in Matt Walker with the Dogs' first run, but they came up empty. The inning came to a close on a play at the plate following a single by Spencer Neal.

“We had the middle of the lineup up ... we needed to get more runs on the board in that situation,” Mercer said. “We've had good pitching. We just aren't swinging the bats consistently. The offense needs to start coming around with more than just two or three guys … that's the problem. You can only DH for one person.”

The Wardogs left seven runners stranded and they had a runner at third in the fifth and had runners at second in the third, sixth and seventh.

Hilldale got three runs in the fourth and added a final two tallies in the seventh inning.

Walker had a double and single and Neal added two singles.

Cade Johnson doubled and Perry and A.J. Gambill added a single each for the Wardogs, who had dropped a 2-0 decision to Hilldale last Friday in Muskogee.

Bill Muse Jr. - son of Connors State men's basketball coach Bill Muse – picked up the victory while Gambill was tagged with the loss.

Miami is idle until Wednesday, when it faces Inola at noon in the first round of the Mannford Keystone Classic.