ATLANTA - The Miami University softball team used a strong offensive attack and a great pitching effort by Paige Myers to earn their first victory of the season, 8-2 over Marshall Saturday evening in the Georgia Tech Classic. Earlier in the day, the RedHawks were once again competitive with the 24th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, but fell by a 6-4 score. Miami is now 1-3 on the season.
The nightcap against Marshall was scoreless until the Thundering Herd scored two (one earned) in the top of the fourth off of Myers. It was the lone blemish on what turned into a spectacular outing for the junior pitcher. She allowed one earned run on five hits, while striking out a career-high tying 10.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the RedHawks would break through with four runs. Taylor Shuey started things off by reaching on an error by the first baseman. Kylie McChesney then reached on an error by the pitcher. Shuey came home on the play to put Miami on the board. Two batters later, Tiyona Marshall singled to move McChesney over to second. Kristy Arbour grounded into a fielder's choice for the second out, as the Thundering Herd retired McChesney at third. Kayla Ledbetter followed with a double that scored Marshall and Arbour. Larrabee made it 4-2 with a single to left field that brought home Ledbetter.
It became 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth when McChesney scored on an error by the Marshall third baseman. The RedHawks would put the game away with three more runs on one swing of the bat in the bottom of the sixth. After Larrabee and Jenna Modic drew walks, Shanyn McIntyre would send a shot over the left field wall for her second home run of the season to make it 8-2.
McIntyre finished the nightcap 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored. Ledbetter was 1-for-1 with two RBI, two runs scored and three walks. Miami had a total of six hits in the game, while Marshall committed seven errors.
Similar to yesterday's meeting, Miami struck first in the opener against 24th-ranked Georgia Tech. With two outs in the top of the first inning, Ledbetter drew a walk. Larrabee followed with a double that scored Ledbetter all the way from first base.
The Yellow Jackets would take a 3-1 lead after three innings by scoring one run in the second and two in the third off of starter Megan Mattera. The RedHawks would retie the score with a two-run answer in the top of the fourth. Modic led off with a single through the right side. McIntyre would then walk. Hailey Reed laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners each up a base. Shuey singled to right field to record her first career RBI and score Modic. Shuey would eventually score later in the inning off of a single by Arbour.
Georgia Tech retook the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Modic came in to relieve Mattera and allowed one unearned run in the bottom of the sixth.
In the top of the seventh Arbour and Ledbetter recorded back-to-back walks with one out. Larrabee followed with a single up the middle to load the bases. Modic drove home Arbour with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-4, but Georgia Tech was able to retire McIntyre to end the inning and secure the win.
Larrabee finished the opener 2-for-4 with one RBI. Shuey was 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored. Modic pitched well in relief, allowing two hits in two innings. Ledbetter drew another three walks. She already has eight on the season in only four games.
Miami concludes play at the Georgia Tech classic with a rematch against Marshall on Sunday at 11 a.m.