MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – The Miami University softball team suffered a 4-2 setback against Central Michigan on Saturday. The RedHawks fall to 10-7 in the Mid-American Conference and 17-27 overall. The Chippewas improve to 12-5 in the MAC and 26-16 overall.
For the third straight game, Miami got on the board with a run in the top of the first. With Tiyona Marshall on first base, a single by Hailey Reed moved her up to second. Jenna Modic followed with a single to right center that brought the speedy Marshall home and gave the RedHawks a 1-0 lead.
CMU was able to score two runs in the bottom of the second off Modic to take a 2-1 advantage. Paige Myers came in to relieve her and held the Chippewas scoreless over the next 3.1 innings.
In the top of the fourth, Kayla Ledbetter hit a shot over the left field wall that tied the score at two apiece. It stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth, when Central Michigan hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the frame and go in front, 4-2.
Remy Edwards and Bree Lipscomb led off the top of the seventh with back-to-back singles. Miami got unlucky when a hard hit ball by Taylor Shuey was snagged by the Chippewas’ first baseman. She tagged first to retire Lipscomb for the double play. A groundball would finish Miami as CMU held on for the 4-2 win.
Ledbetter finished the game 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Modic was 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Miami will look to split the series with Central Michigan when it takes on the Chippewas Sunday at 1 p.m.