DAYTON, Ohio – The Miami University softball team got a pair of strong pitching performances from freshman Jenna Modic and junior Paige Myers, but fell in a pair of pitchers’ duels against Wright State on Tuesday. The Raiders took the opener, 2-1, and the nightcap, 3-2. The RedHawks fall to 18-29 on the season, while Wright State improves to 16-31.
Miami scored its opening game run in the top of the second inning. Modic led off with a walk. She was retired on a fielder’s choice groundout by Kayla Ledbetter. A single by Shanyn McIntyre moved Ledbetter to second base. Kylie McChesney also hit a fielder’s choice groundout that retired Ledbetter, but moved McIntyre to second base. A single from Allie Larrabee scored McIntyre and gave the RedHawks a 1-0 lead.
Modic had her second straight solid outing, only running into trouble in the bottom of the third. The Raiders scored two runs on three hits and an error to score the runs needed to earn the 2-1 win. Modic kept WSU off the board the rest of the way, allowing seven hits in six innings pitched.
Larrabee finished the opener 1-for-2 with one RBI. McIntyre was 1-for-3 with one run score.
Down 1-0 in the nightcap, the RedHawks would tie the score in the bottom of the second. McIntyre led off with a bunt single. Bree Lipscomb was also able to reach safely on a bunt. One batter later, Remy Edwards singled to left field to bring home McIntyre.
Wright State got single runs in the bottom of the second and bottom of the sixth off of Myers to take a 3-1 lead. Myers finished the day having allowed three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings of work.
Trailing by two, Miami would rally in the top of the seventh. Modic would pinch-hit for Edwards and lead off with a single to center field. Edwards would reenter the game to run for her. Megan Mattera drew a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Tiyona Marshall. A single from Taylor Shuey scored Edwards and cut the deficit to 3-2. A sacrifice bunt from Kristy Arbour moved the runners up to second and third with only one out, but Miami would be unable to get the tying run home as the Raiders held on for the victory.
Shuey finished the nightcap 2-for-4 with one RBI. McIntyre was 2-for-3 with one run scored, while Edwards was 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored.
The RedHawks return to action on Friday when they host Kent State for a key Mid-American Conference doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The games will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.