OXFORD, Ohio – Playing in a steady rain throughout, the Miami University softball team cruised to an 8-0 victory over Northern Kentucky on Wednesday. The game ended after five innings due to the run rule. The RedHawks improve to 14-15 on the season, while the Norse fall to 3-27.
The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was canceled due to the weather.
Miami struck early with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, senior designated player Kayla Ledbetter doubled to left center. NKU intentionally walked junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb. That came back to haunt the Norse, as senior first baseman Allie Larrabee followed with a shot to deep right center that scored both Ledbetter and Lipscomb and gave the RedHawks a 2-0 lead.
Five runs in the bottom of the fourth would help put the game out of reach. Larrabee led off the frame with a single to left field, and was lifted for a pinch-runner, sophomore Tanya Busby. Junior third baseman Remy Edwards put down a sacrifice bunt, but the Northern Kentucky third baseman threw the ball away, allowing both runners to advance two bases. The right field threw the ball away trying to get the ball back in, which allowed Busby to score and Edwards to advance to third base.
A sacrifice fly by sophomore right fielder Hailey Reed brought home Edwards and made it 4-0. The next three RedHawks reached on a walk, an error and an infield single. With the bases loaded and one out, senior second baseman Kristy Arbour put down a squeeze bunt attempt. Junior catcher Shanyn McIntyre was able to slide in before the force tag to give Miami a 5-0 lead. Ledbetter followed with a single down the left field line, scoring redshirt freshman shortstop Eryn McCarver and sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey to make it 7-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, Edwards led off with a single to left field. A sacrifice bunt by Reed moved her up to second. After NKU recorded an out, a double to left center by McCarver brought Edwards home and gave the RedHawks the 8-0, run-rule win.
Senior pitcher Paige Myers kept the Norse off the board for her third shutout of the season. When they had the bases loaded and only one out in the top of the second, she responded with a strikeout and a pop-up to get out of the jam. Myers allowed only three hits and struck out seven in five innings of work.
Ledbetter finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Larrabee was 2-for-3 with two RBI. McCarver was 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.
Miami returns to Mid-American Conference play when its host Toledo on Friday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.