LOUISVILLE - The Miami University softball team completed play at the Red and Black Tournament with a pair of defeats on Sunday. In the opener, the RedHawks fell to Austin Peay, 5-1. The nightcap saw the Illinois State Redbird offense explode in a 16-1 victory in six innings over Miami. The RedHawks are now 2-13 on the season.
Austin Peay (7-5) broke up the scoreless opener with two runs in the bottom of the second. It remained that way until Miami got on the board in the top of the sixth. Taylor Shuey led off with a single to right field. Kayla Ledbetter sacrifice bunted her over to second. Allie Larrabee would score Shuey with a single to left field that cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Governors were able to put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. The RedHawks put together a threat in the top of the seventh after Remy Edwards led off with a double, but they were unable to get a run across.
Shanyn McIntyre was Miami's top hitter against Austin Peay, finishing 2-for-3. Larrabee was 1-for-3 with one RBI.
The Illinois State (13-11) offense was extremely potent on Sunday as it put up 16 runs off of three RedHawk pitchers. The Redbirds were helped by two Miami errors that caused nine of those runs to be unearned. In front 8-1 in the top of the sixth, Illinois State scored eight in the frame to force the run-rule victory.
Miami got its run in the bottom of the first inning. Tiyona Marshall led off with an infield single and then stole second. Ledbetter would follow with a single to score her.
Miami heads to San Diego over spring break where it will play a total of seven games. It starts with a doubleheader on Wednesday when the RedHawks take on Southern Utah at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) and host San Diego State at 10 p.m. (EDT). Miami then participates in the San Diego Classic. On Thursday it faces UT-Arlington at 4 p.m. (EDT). Friday features games against Seton Hall at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) and Long Beach State at 10 p.m. (EDT). The tournament concludes on Saturday with contests against Colorado State at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) and Harvard at 10 p.m. (EDT).