SAN DIEGO - The Miami University softball team started its spring break trip with a pair of losses on Wednesday. The RedHawks dropped a 10-2 decision in six innings to Southern Utah in a neutral site game before falling, 13-0, in the nightcap to host San Diego State. Miami is now 2-15 on the season.
A fielding error and a pair of walks in the bottom of the second would extend the inning and allow Southern Utah to score eight runs. Only one of the runs would be earned, while the Thunderbirds were able to make it 8-0 after hitting a grand slam home run.
Miami got two runs back in the top of the fifth. With one out, Allie Larrabee singled to left field and was replaced by pinch runner Brandi Hernandez. Jenna Modic singled to left field to move Hernandez up to second. Both runners advanced on a pass ball. Kylie McChesney followed with a single to leftfield to score Hernandez. The leftfielder mishandled the ball, which allowed Modic to also come around and score.
The Thunderbirds would add single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth to get the run-rule victory.
The high-powered San Diego State offense struck for three runs in the bottom of the first and two runs in the bottom of the third to take a 5-0 lead. The big blow came in the bottom of the fourth when the Aztecs scored eight runs to blow the game open.
Miami's best chance to score came in the top of the fifth when it loaded the bases on Megan Mattera's single, Kristy Arbour's walk and Tiyona Marshall's single. The 'Hawks would be unable to get a run across however, and San Diego State got the run-rule win.
In addition to her walk, Arbour recorded the other hit for Miami in the nightcap.
The RedHawks begin play in the San Diego Classic II tournament on Thursday when they take on UT-Arlington at 4 p.m. (EDT).