HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Miami University softball team used some seventh-inning heroics to earn a 5-4 victory over Northern Kentucky in a non-conference game on Tuesday. The RedHawks improve to 16-23 on the season, while the Norse fall to 10-31.
The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was canceled when lightning and heavy rain hit the area. It was one out away from being an official contest with the RedHawks in front, 3-0, in the bottom of the fifth. Because they were unable to finish, it was ruled an incomplete game and all the statistics were thrown out.
In the game the teams were able to complete, NKU struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning. The Norse starting pitcher Emily Schwaeble was pitching well early, striking out nine RedHawks through the first four innings to maintain the 1-0 lead.
Miami finally broke through with four runs in the top of the fifth inning. Kylie McChesney led off with a walk. Remy Edwards moved her over to second base with a sacrifice bunt. A single from Bree Lipscomb moved McChesney to third. Kristy Arbour walked to load the bases with only one out. Taylor Shuey followed with a single to center field, scoring McChensey. A sacrifice fly by Tiyona Marshall brought home Lipscomb and gave the RedHawks the lead at 2-1. Hailey Reed made it 4-1 with a single through the left side, scoring Arbour and Shuey.
Schwaeble would help her own cause with a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth that tied the score at four. Paige Myers came in to relieve Jenna Modic at that point, and she held the Norse off the scoreboard in the final two innings to earn the victory. She allowed only one hit, while striking out five.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, Shuey reached first after an error by the NKU first baseman. She stole second to get into scoring position. Marshall sent a single through the right side. Shuey went home on the play and just beat the throw to score the winning run for Miami.
Reed finished the opener, 2-for-4 with two RBI. Marshall was 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Shuey was 1-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Miami returns to action this weekend with an important two-game series at Mid-American Conference leading Ball State. Saturday’s game is scheduled for 2 p.m., while Sunday’s game will begin at 1 p.m.