OXFORD, Ohio – Miami closed its home opening weekend by splitting a doubleheader with Canisius on Sunday. The RedHawks dropped the opener 6-2. However, they came from behind to take a 3-2, eight inning victory in the nightcap. Miami is now 6-10 on the season, while the Golden Griffins are 3-8.
Canisius hit a three-run home run in the top of the first of the opener to take a 3-0 lead. Miami got one back in the bottom of the second. With sophomore outfielder Tanya Busby on third base, junior shortstop Kylie McChesney hit a shot to deep centerfield. While the ball stayed in the park, it was deep enough for Busby to come home on the sacrifice fly and cut the Golden Griffins lead to 3-1.
Senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter homered in the bottom of the third to pull the RedHawks to within one at 3-2. Unfortunately that would be as close as Miami would get as Canisius scored one run in the fourth and two runs in the sixth to take a 6-2 win.
Miami struck first in the nightcap with a run in the bottom of the first. With one out, senior second baseman Kristy Arbour singled through the right side. One batter later, sophomore designated player Jenna Modic walked to move Arbour to second. Sophomore first baseman Hailey Reed followed with a single to centerfield to bring home Arbour and give the RedHawks a 1-0 lead.
Sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann had her second straight strong outing for Miami. She kept Canisius off the board until they were able to score two runs on two hits in the top of the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. She finished the game pitching five innings, allowing those two runs on four hits while striking out six.
It remained 2-1 until the bottom of the seventh. Freshman shortstop Eryn McCarver led off with an infield single. Sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey sacrifice bunted her over to second. A single by Arbour moved McCarver to third. Ledbetter reached on a fielder’s choice when they tried to tag McCarver out at third. A walk to Modic with the bases loaded forced home McCarver and tied the game at two. The RedHawks were unable to score again as the game went into extra innings.
The teams played international tiebreaker rules in the eighth, starting with a runner on second. Despite the advantage, the Golden Griffins were unable to score in the top half of the inning, as McCarver made a great play on a ground ball, going home to retire their runner.
In the bottom of the eighth, junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb was placed on second to start. A single by Edwards moved her up to third. Edwards stole second to put runners on second and third with no one out. Canisius forced to straight groundouts and looked like it might get out of the jam, but Shuey hit a line shot down the leftfield line to bring Lipscomb home and give the RedHawks a come from behind, 3-2, win.
Arbour finished the nightcap 3-for-4 with one run scored. Edwards and McCarver were each 2-for-4. Junior pitcher Megan Mattera picked up the victory, allowing no runs on two hits in three innings pitched.
Miami heads to Clearwater, Fla. for the Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament next weekend. On Friday, the RedHawks take on Maine at 9:30 a.m. and Seton Hall at 11:45 a.m. On Saturday, Miami faces Connecticut at 9:30 a.m. and Boston University at 2:15 p.m. The RedHawks complete play at the tournament when they take on Saint Joseph’s on Sunday at 9 a.m.