OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University softball team made an inspired comeback from five runs down to force extra innings, but Bowling Green scored four runs in the top of the 10th inning to take a 9-5 victory on Sunday. Miami falls to 16-17 overall and 4-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The Falcons improve to 13-18-1 overall and 3-3 in the MAC.
The RedHawks recorded six hits in the first three innings of the contest, but were unable to score. Sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann kept BGSU in check until the top of the fourth, when the Falcons erupted for four runs on four hits and an error. Bowling Green was able to score another run in the top of the fifth to take a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, senior second baseman Kristy Arbour led off with a walk. One batter later, junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb smashed her eighth home run of the year, a deep shot over the center field wall to cut the deficit to 5-2. Sophomore pitcher Jenna Modic followed with a solo home run over the right field wall that made it 5-3 at the end of the fifth inning.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Arbour reached second base on a throwing error by the Bowling Green third baseman. Senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter singled her home to pull the ‘Hawks to within one.
Senior first baseman Allie Larrabee led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to left field. She was replaced by a pinch-runner, junior Shanyn McIntyre. Junior third baseman Remy Edwards put down a sacrifice bunt to move McIntyre up to second base. Junior shortstop Kylie McChesney followed with a shot to deep left center that was mere feet away from being the game-winning home run. Despite the out, McIntyre was able to advance to third base on the play. That proved to be key, as junior outfielder Taylor Shuey singled to left field to score McIntyre and send the game to extra innings.
After coming into the game in the top of the sixth, junior pitcher Megan Mattera kept Bowling Green off the board over the next four innings, allowing only one hit. The Falcons were able to get to her in the top of the 10th, as a pair of home runs led to a four run lead at 9-5.
In the bottom of the 10th, Shuey was able to draw a walk, but Miami was unable to bring another run across.
Modic finished the game 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored. Edwards and Ledbetter each had two hits for the ‘Hawks.
Miami returns to action on Friday when it travels to Western Michigan for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.