SAN DIEGO - The Miami University softball team suffered a pair of tough losses on Friday at the San Diego Classic II tournament. The RedHawks dropped the opener to Seton Hall, 6-5, in nine innings. They then fell to Long Beach State, 4-2, in the nightcap. Miami is now 3-17 on the season.
In the bottom of the first in the opener against Seton Hall, Allie Larrabee would single to right field to score Taylor Shuey and give Miami a 1-0 lead. The RedHawks made it 2-0 in the bottom of the third when Shanyn McIntyre singled to center field, allowing Kayla Ledbetter to come home and score.
A strong pitching performance from Megan Mattera kept the Pirates off the board until the top of the fifth. A pair of hits in the inning would get Seton Hall on the board and cut the Miami lead to 2-1. Paige Myers came into the game in relief and got the final out to prevent any further damage.
It remained that way until the top of the seventh when a double would bring home a pair of runs and give the Pirates their first lead of the day at 3-2. The RedHawks did not give up as a single by Kristy Arbour led off the bottom of the seventh. Ledbetter sacrificed her over to second base, while a double by Shuey would bring Arbour home and send the game into extra innings.
The teams played the international tiebreaker rule during the extra frames. Seton Hall scored its placed runner in the top of the eighth to take a 4-3 lead. The bottom of the eighth began with Larrabee on second. Jenna Modic would be hit by a pitch to lead things off. Kylie McChesney sacrificed both runners up a base and Tiyona Marshall would draw a walk to load the bases with only one out. Remy Edwards followed with a fantastic at bat, drawing her own walk to force home Larrabee and tie the score at four. Miami was unable to get another run across and the game continued on.
A double by the Pirates in the top of the ninth would bring home two runs and give Seton Hall a 6-4 advantage. The bottom of the ninth started with Ledbetter placed on second base. Shuey doubled to left center immediately to bring Ledbetter home, but the RedHawks would not score again as the Pirates took the 6-5 win.
Shuey finished the opener 3-for-5 with two RBI. McIntyre was 2-for-5 with one RBI, while Larrabee was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.
Miami scored both of its runs against Long Beach State in the top of the first inning. Ledbetter led off with a single through the left side. One batter later, an error by the 49ers second baseman allowed McIntyre to reach and moved Ledbetter up to second. A single to centerfield by Larrabee would bring Ledbetter home. Hailey Reed followed with a double down the leftfield line to score Larrabee and make it 2-0. LBSU would bring in Amanda Hansen into the circle in relief starting with the second inning, and she would keep the RedHawks hitless the remainder of the game.
Long Beach State would tie the game up at 2-2 when it scored two runs in the bottom of the second off RedHawk starter Modic. Mattera came in to relieve her and kept the 49ers off the board until the bottom of the fifth, when four straight singles would score two runs and prove to the difference in the 4-2 win.
Larrabee finished the nightcap 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored. Reed was 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Miami completes play at the San Diego Classic II tournament with two games Sunday. The RedHawks take on Colorado State at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) and Harvard at 10 p.m. (EDT).