OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University softball team dropped a pair of offensive slugfests to Morehead State on Tuesday. The RedHawks fell, 7-4, in the opener. They then dropped a 10-6 decision in the nightcap. Miami is now 12-22 on the season, while the Eagles improve to 16-14.
Despite the offensive fireworks, the first game started as pitchers’ duel between the ‘Hawks Jenna Modic and Morehead State’s Katie Pfost. The game remained scoreless through four innings with Modic allowing the Eagles only four hits.
Morehead State broke through for three runs off Modic in the top of the fifth. Paige Myers came in to relieve her, but the Eagles scored two more in the top of the sixth to take a 5-0 lead.
The Miami comeback began with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Modic led off with a single to left field and was replaced by pinch-runner Brandi Hernandez. One batter later, Remy Edwards reached on a bunt after Pfost threw it away. Kristy Arbour moved both runners up with her own sacrifice bunt. Shuey doubled to deep center field, scoring Hernandez and Edwards and making it 5-2. Tiyona Marshall singled through the left side to score Shuey. She then moved up to second on a wild pitch. Hailey Reed followed with a double to right center to score Marshall and cut the RedHawk deficit to one at 5-4.
Morehead State scored two more in the top of the seventh to take a 7-4 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Modic and Edwards would get on base with singles, but the ‘Hawks were unable to bring them home.
Shuey finished the opener 1-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored. Reed was 3-for-4 with one RBI, while Modic also finished 3-for-4.
Morehead State struck quickly for eight runs in the first two innings of the nightcap. Trailing 8-1, Miami would get back into the contest with four runs in the bottom of the third. Modic led off with a double to left field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After the Eagles recorded a pair of outs, Allie Larrabee singled through the left side to score Modic. Arbour followed with a single to left center. Shuey then hit a line shot over the center field wall for her first career home run to make it 8-5.
The RedHawks cut the deficit to two in the bottom of the fifth when Reed singled home Arbour. Single runs in each of the next two innings gave Morehead State a 10-6 lead. Miami loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh off a pair of walks and a Kylie McChesney single, but Pfost came back in and recorded the final out to secure the victory.
Shuey finished the nightcap 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. She had five RBI total in the doubleheader. Modic was 3-for-4 with one run scored, while Larrabee was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.
Miami returns to action on Friday when it travels to Ohio for a doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m.