OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University softball team suffered a tough doubleheader sweep at the hands of Kent State on Friday. The Golden Flashes won the opener, 2-0. They then scored two runs in the top of the seventh to take a 3-2 victory in the nightcap. Miami falls to 11-9 in Mid-American Conference play, 18-31 overall. Kent State improves to 15-5 in the MAC and 26-18-1 overall.
Jenna Modic allowed only single runs in the top of the first and top of the second innings in the opener. She gave up two earned runs on nine hits in six innings of work, striking out three.
Miami got base runners in every inning except the seventh off starter Emma Johnson, even though she held the RedHawks to one hit. It came in the bottom of the first with Tiyona Marshall on second base and two outs. Modic singled to left field, and the speedy Marshall rounded third and attempted to score. A great throw from left fielder Dani Ramos was in time to retire Marshall. Johnson would strike out a total of six batters on the way to throwing the shutout.
Megan Mattera was on target for the RedHawks in the nightcap. She allowed only one unearned run in the top of the fourth. She gave up three hits in 5.2 innings pitched, while striking out three.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Miami finally broke through on Johnson. Mattera led off with a single through the left side. Shanyn McIntyre attempted to put down a sacrifice bunt, but the Kent State third baseman attempted to throw out the lead runner. Mattera was safe and the RedHawks had runners on first and second with no one out. A sacrifice bunt by Kylie McChesney moved both runners up a base. Kristy Arbour followed with an infield single that loaded the bases with one out. Taylor Shuey then hit a grounder to the shortstop. The shortstop threw the ball away attempting to get the force out at home, allowing Mattera and McIntyre to score and give Miami a 2-1 lead.
It remained that way until the top of the seventh inning. A walk, a bunt and a double down the left field line brought home the tying run and put runners on second and third with no one out. Modic came into the game and retired the next two before issuing a walk to load the bases. Lauren Grimes followed with a grounder to the left side of the infield. Reed attempted to get the force out at home, but the runner was called safe giving the Golden Flashes a 3-2 lead. Johnson retired Miami in order in the bottom of the seventh to secure the victory.
Marshall finished the nightcap 3-for-4. McIntyre was 2-for-3 with one run scored.
The RedHawks return to action on Saturday when they host Buffalo at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.