MUNCIE, Ind. – The Miami University softball team kept the high-powered Ball State softball team in check for the majority of the game, but the Cardinals scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 2-1 win Saturday afternoon. The RedHawks fall to 18-24 overall and 6-9 in the Mid-American Conference. BSU improves to 28-16 overall and 8-3 in the MAC.
Miami struck first with a run in the top of the third. Sophomore outfielder Tanya Busby led off with a bunt single to third base. A single up the middle by senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter moved Busby to third. After Ball State recorded an out, sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey singled to centerfield to score Busby and make it 1-0 RedHawks.
Meanwhile, senior pitcher Paige Myers kept her strong pitching run going. Enter the game with a 14.2 inning scoreless streak, she kept the Cardinals off the board for the first five innings in this contest. Ball State led off the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back singles. After Myers recorded an out, a walk loaded the bases. A single to right field by Shelbie Scamihorn broke Myers’ scoreless run and tied the game at one. Sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann came into the contest in relief and was able to get the next Cardinal batter to lineout, but a walk forced in another runner and gave Ball State its first lead at 2-1.
The RedHawks went down in order in the top of the seventh as the Cardinals hang on for the victory.
Shuey finished the contest 1-for-2 with one RBI. Busby, Ledbetter and sophomore designated player Jenna Modic also had hits for Miami.
The RedHawks complete their weekend series with Ball State on Sunday at 1 p.m.