OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University softball team earned a split against Toledo on Friday. After dropping the opener, 9-2, the RedHawks offense took over in leading Miami to an 11-5 win in the nightcap. The ‘Hawks are now 15-16 on the season and 3-1 in the Mid-American Conference. The Rockets are 12-21 overall and 4-2 in the MAC.
The RedHawks scored all of their runs in the first three innings of the second game. That included a five-run first inning. With no one out, junior outfielder Tiyona Marshall on third base and senior second baseman Kristy Arbour on second, senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter put down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Marshall and put Miami on the board. Ledbetter followed by successfully stealing second, which allowed Arbour to steal home and make it 2-0. One batter later, a double by sophomore first baseman Jenna Modic brought home Ledbetter and made it 3-0. Modic would eventually score on a Toledo fielding error. A single up the middle by Taylor Shuey scored junior designated player Megan Mattera and gave Miami a 5-0 lead.
Ledbetter hit a solo home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the second inning. The Rockets answered with two runs in the top of the third to make it 6-2.
Miami put the game away with five more runs in the bottom of the third. With runners on second and third and no one out, an infield single by Shuey scored junior third baseman Remy Edwards. One batter later with the bases loaded and still no one out, a squeeze bunt by Arbour scored junior shortstop Kylie McChesney and made it 8-2. A sacrifice fly by Ledbetter brought home Shuey, while a double to right center by Bree Lipscomb scored two more to make it 11-2.
Toledo would add three runs in the top of the fifth inning to complete the scoring.
Ledbetter finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Shuey was 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Lipscomb was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Marshall was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann earned the victory for Miami, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing five hits and striking out a career-high 10 batters.
The opener started off well for the RedHawks when Modic hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second to put Miami in front, 1-0.
Toledo answered with two runs in the top of the second and four runs in the top of the fourth to take a 6-1 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Arbour scored on a fielding error. The RedHawks had the bases loaded in both the fourth and fifth innings, but were unable to bring another run in. The Rockets put the game away with three more runs in the top of the seventh to make it 9-2.
Ledbetter finished the opener 3-for-4. Arbour was 2-for-4 with one run scored, while Modic was 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.
Miami returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Bowling Green for a single game beginning at 2 p.m.