OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University softball team split its home opening doubleheader against Austin Peay on Saturday. The RedHawks took a 7-3 win in the opener before falling, 1-0, in a pitcher’s duel in the nightcap. Miami is now 5-9 on the season, while the Lady Govs are 9-12.
The RedHawk offense got going right away, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first in the opener. Sophomore forward Taylor Shuey led off with a triple to centerfield. Senior second baseman Kristy Arbour grounded out, which allowed Shuey to score. Senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter singled to leftfield, while sophomore designated player Jenna Modic reached on an error. With the runners on second and third, a sacrifice fly by senior first baseman Allie Larrabee brought Ledbetter home. Junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb followed with a double to left field to score Modic and make it 3-0.
Austin Peay answered with two solo home runs in the top of the second off starting pitcher, senior Paige Myers to pull within one at 3-2.
With one out in the bottom of the third, Modic doubled to right center. Larrabee followed with a double of her own to score Modic. One batter later, junior shortstop Kylie McChesney singled to centerfield, scoring Larrabee and making it 5-2.
Miami completed its scoring with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Junior third baseman Remy Edwards left off with a double down the right field line. A single by junior left fielder Shanyn McIntyre moved Edwards up to third. McIntyre then stole second. After the Lady Govs recorded a pair of outs, Ledbetter singled down the leftfield line to score Edwards and Modic and make it 7-2.
Austin Peay recorded another solo home run in the top of the fifth to make the final score 7-3.
Ledbetter finished the opener 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored. Larrabee was 2-for-2 with two RBI and one run scored. Myers got the win, allowing three runs on six while striking out four.
The nightcap was a classic pitcher’s duel between Miami sophomore Amber Logemann and Austin Peay’s Lauren de Castro. Logemann pitched brilliantly for the RedHawks, allowing only three hits and four base runners.
The difference in the contest came in the top of the second, when Laurel Burroughs was able to hit a solo home run off of Logemann for the only scoring in the game. The Lady Govs recorded all four of their runs in the doubleheader off of solo home runs.
Junior outfielder Tiyona Marshall recorded a pair of hits for the RedHawks in the nightcap, finishing 2-for-3. Ledbetter also had a hit for Miami.
The RedHawks return to action on Sunday when they host Canisius for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.