ATLANTA - The Miami University softball team made a solid attempt to come back from an 11-run deficit, but ultimately fell, 11-6, to Marshall Sunday afternoon in the finale of the Georgia Tech Classic. The RedHawks fall to 1-4 on the season, while the Thundering Herd improve to 3-7.
Marshall took advantage of an error with two outs in the bottom of the first to score five unearned runs off starter Megan Mattera. Jenna Modic and Paige Myers would come in to relieve her, but the Herd kept swinging and scored a run in the bottom of the second and five more in the bottom of the fourth to take an 11-0 lead.
Meanwhile Marshall starting pitcher Andi Williamson kept the RedHawks without a hit through the first four and 2/3 innings of the game. Facing a run-rule defeat with two outs in the top of the fifth, Kylie McChesney would reach on a fielder's choice. Brandi Hernandez broke up the no-hitter with a single that found its way between the shortstop and third baseman. A walk to Tiyona Marshall would load the bases. Kristy Arbour singled to bring McChesney home and put Miami on the board. A walk to Kayla Ledbetter forced home Hernandez and made it 11-2. A double to right center by Allie Larrabee scored two more to make it 11-4. Modic followed with a double of her own to left center to score Ledbetter and Larrabee and make it 11-6. Hailey Reed would single, but the Thundering Herd would recover to get the third out.
Myers held Marshall off the board for the final two innings. McChesney would record a hit and Arbour earned a walk, but the RedHawks were unable to bring another run home.
Larrabee finished the game 1-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Modic was 1-for-2 with two RBI.
Miami returns to action next weekend when it participates in the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. On Friday, the RedHawks will take on Eastern Kentucky at 11 a.m. and Boston College at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday there will be matchups against Tennessee Tech at 11 a.m. and versus host Chattanooga at 1:15 p.m. Miami will conclude the tournament next Sunday against Lipscomb at 10 a.m.