CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Miami University softball team earned a split on day two of the Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament on Saturday. The RedHawks opened the day with a 4-1 victory over Connecticut. They then fell to Boston University, 3-0, in the afternoon. Miami is now 9-11 on the season.
Senior pitcher Paige Myers was dominate in the morning against Connecticut (5-12 overall). She kept the Huskies off the board for the first six innings, allowing only one hit. After UConn was able to score a run in the bottom of the seventh, sophomore pitcher Megan Mattera came in to record the final two outs for her first save of the season. Myers finished allowing one run on four hits in 6.1 innings pitched.
Miami got on the board in the top of the third. Sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey led off with a walk. Senior second baseman Kristy Arbour reached on an error, which allowed Shuey to move up to second. Senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving the runners up a base. Shuey then scored on a wild pitch to give the ‘Hawks a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, junior third baseman Remy Edwards led off with a single to left field. She then moved up a couple of bases on a pair of wild pitches. Redshirt freshman shortstop Eryn McCarver reached on an error. One batter later, a double to left field by Arbour scored both Edwards and McCarver and gave Miami a 3-0 advantage.
Arbour finished the contest 2-for-4 with two RBI. Lipscomb was 2-for-4 with one RBI.
The second game against Boston University (11-9 overall) was a pitcher’s duel throughout. Sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann kept the Terriers off the board until the bottom of the fourth, where a leadoff error and three hits led to the only three runs of the contest. Sophomore pitcher Jenna Modic came into the game in relief and kept BU hitless over the final two innings.
Miami was unable to generate much offense against Terrier pitchers Lauren Hynes and Makinna Akers. The duo allowed only three hits the entire game.
The RedHawks best chance to score came in the top of the seventh. Modic led by reaching on an error. Lipscomb then singled to center field, giving Miami runners on first and second with no one out. Akers responded by retiring the next three ‘Hawks in order to get out of the jam and give Boston University the 3-0 win.
Lipscomb, Edwards and junior shortstop Kylie McChesney recorded hits for Miami in the contest.
The RedHawks complete play at the Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament on Sunday when they take on Saint Joseph’s at 9 a.m.