INDIANPOLIS – The Miami University softball team got back on the winning track Tuesday with a 4-1 victory over Butler on Tuesday. It was originally scheduled to be a doubleheader, but the second game was rained out. The RedHawks improve to 19-25 overall, while the Bulldogs fall to 23-26.
Miami struck first with two runs in the top of the third inning. Freshman third baseman Jenna Jones and junior outfielder Tiyona Marshall each reached base after a Butler fielding error. Senior second baseman Kristy Arbour moved them up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey was intentionally walked to load the bases. After the Bulldogs recorded the second out, sophomore designated player Jenna Modic drew a walk to force home Jones and put the RedHawks on the board. Senior first baseman Allie Larrabee followed with a single to left field that scored Marshall and made it 2-0.
Senior pitcher Paige Myers kept Butler scoreless through the first three innings. The Bulldogs were able to score a run on two hits to cut the deficit to 2-1 after four innings. Myers finished with four innings pitched, allowing one run on four hits. Modic relieved her in the fifth and pitched the final three innings. She did not allow Butler a hit.
Miami scored its final two runs in the top of the sixth. A groundout by sophomore Hailey Reed scored senior Brandi Hernandez from third. Junior catcher Shanyn McIntyre followed with a single to leftfield that scored sophomore Tanya Busby and made it 4-1.
Larrabee was perfect at the plate on Tuesday, finishing 3-for-3 with one RBI. Modic was 1-for-3 with one RBI, while Marshall was 1-for-3 with one run scored. Myers earned her ninth victory of the season, while Modic picked up her third save.
The RedHawks return to action on Friday when they host Eastern Michigan for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The RedHawks then face Central Michigan in single games on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday’s game will be Senior Day, with Arbour, Myers, Larrabee, Hernandez and senior Kayla Ledbetter honored in a pregame ceremony.