OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University softball team used some late game heroics to sweep a doubleheader over Butler on Tuesday. The RedHawks won the first game, 5-4, in eight innings. They then took the nightcap, 6-2. It was Miami’s first contests at home after playing its first 26 games away from Oxford. The ‘Hawks improve to 9-19 on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 10-17.
Miami struck first in the opener with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Allie Larrabee reached on a throwing error by the Butler shortstop. After the Bulldogs recorded two outs, Kylie McChesney bunted for a base hit, moving Larrabee to second. Bree Lipscomb followed with a double to deep left center, which allowed both Larrabee and McChesney to score and make it 2-0.
Butler scored two runs in the top of the third and one run in the top of the fourth off starter Paige Myers to take a 3-2 lead. Megan Mattera would come in to relieve her, and would keep the Bulldogs off the board for the next three innings. The RedHawks tied the score at three apiece in the bottom of the fifth when Kayla Ledbetter doubled to right center to score Taylor Shuey.
For the seventh time this season, Miami found itself playing in extra innings. The teams used the international tiebreaker rule in the eighth inning. Butler was able to score its placed runner in the top half of the frame to take a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, Shuey was placed on second base to start. Tiyona Marshall sacrifice bunted her over to third. A lineout by Ledbetter was the second out of the inning. Larrabee walked and was replaced by pinch runner Shanyn McIntyre. Down to her last strike, Hailey Reed lined a shot that the Bulldog right fielder was unable to glove, allowing Shuey to score. She mishandled the ball, which allowed McIntyre to come home all the way from first base, giving Miami the come-from-behind, 5-4, win.
Reed finished the opener 2-for-4 with 1 RBI. Shuey was 1-for-4 with two runs scored.
With one out in the top of the third of the scoreless nightcap, Brandi Hernandez singled to third base. Shuey then put down a perfect bunt to move her over to second. A sacrifice bunt by Kristy Arbour would advance both runners. Ledbetter followed with a single to left field, scoring both Hernandez and Shuey and giving the ‘Hawks an early 2-0 lead.
Jenna Modic had a strong start, allowing only single runs in the third and fourth innings, before being relieved by Mattera in the top of the fifth. She gave up four hits and struck out two.
With the score still tied at two in the bottom of the sixth and one out, Reed singled to right field. After a strikeout, Remy Edwards drew a walk and Hernandez hit an infield single to load the bases. Shuey then slammed a shot to left center to score all three runners and give Miami a 5-2 advantage. Arbour tacked on one more insurance run with an infield single that brought Shuey home.
That would be all Mattera needed as she retired Butler in order in the top of the seventh to finish off the victory. Mattera allowed only one hit in three innings while earning her second victory of the night. For the day she gave up zero earned runs on four hits in 7.2 innings pitched.
Shuey was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in the nightcap. Ledbetter was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Hernandez was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
Miami returns to action on Friday when it hosts Western Michigan for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Both games can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.