OXFORD, Ohio – Some timely hitting and a strong pitching performance by freshman Jenna Modic led the Miami University softball team to a 5-2 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday. The RedHawks improve to 11-20 overall and 5-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The Huskies fall to 11-22 overall and 1-4 in the MAC.
The game remained scoreless until Miami broke through in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Taylor Shuey hit her team-leading third triple of the season to deep right center. Two batters later, Hailey Reed singled up the middle to bring her home and give the Red and White a 1-0 advantage.
The ‘Hawks broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Reed led off the fame with a single down the left field line. Kayla Ledbetter followed with her sixth home run of the season, giving Miami a 3-0 lead. After the Huskies recorded an out, Allie Larrabee doubled to left center and was replaced by pinch runner Brandi Hernandez. A single from Kylie McChesney moved Hernandez up to third base. Remy Edwards scored her on a sacrifice fly. A double by Shuey completed the RedHawks’ scoring as it brought home McChesney and made it 5-0.
Meanwhile Modic was completely shutting down the Northern Illinois lineup. She allowed only two hits through the first five innings. The shutout bid was broken up in the top of the sixth when Nicole Gremillion hit a home run. A pair of hits in the top of the seventh brought home another run and made it 5-2. Paige Myers came in to relieve Modic and recorded a pair of strikeouts to earn her first save of the season.
Modic finished the game having thrown 6.1 innings for her first career win. She allowed two runs on five hits while striking out three.
Shuey was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Ledbetter finished 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Miami and Northern Illinois will complete their series on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.