OXFORD, Ohio – Behind a career day from junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb, the Miami University softball team earned a split of a doubleheader against Wright State on Thursday. The Raiders scored four runs in the top of the seventh to earn a 5-4 victory in the opener, but the RedHawks came back to take the nightcap, 6-1. Miami is now 10-13 on the season, while Wright State is 3-17.
Lipscomb blasted three home runs and had six total RBI during Thursday’s two games. After she hit a home run in the bottom of the first in the nightcap, the Raiders walked her during her final three plate appearances. Lipscomb now has a team-leading seven home runs and 25 RBI on the season.
Lipscomb got things going right off the bat in the bottom of the first of the opener. With two outs, senior catcher Allie Larrabee singled up the middle. Lipscomb then blasted a shot over the centerfield wall to give the RedHawks a 2-0 lead.
With one out in the top of the third, junior shortstop Kylie McChesney and sophomore outfielder Tanya Busby had back-to-back walks. Sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey reached on an error to load the bases. A walk to Larrabee forced home McChesney and put Miami in front, 3-0.
Wright State got one back in the top of the fourth off starting pitcher, senior Paige Myers. It remained 3-1 in favor of the ‘Hawks until the top of the seventh. The Raiders were able to load the bases with no one out on a pair of hits and a walk. Miami was able to record an out at home, but two more singles and an error led to four runs and a 5-3 Wright State lead.
Lipscomb led off the bottom of the seventh with her second home run of the day, a deep shot to right field that hit the roof of the RedHawks’ hitting facility. Junior pitcher Megan Mattera followed by drawing a walk, but the Raiders were able to retire the next three batters to hold on to the 5-4 victory.
Lipscomb was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in the opener. Busby was 2-for-2, while Larrabee was 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.
Shuey led off the nightcap with a walk. After Larrabee also drew a walk, Lipscomb homered over the centerfield wall to give Miami a 3-0 lead. The RedHawks made it 4-0 in the bottom of the second when a single by senior second baseman Kristy Arbour scored junior catcher Shanyn McIntyre.
That would be all sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann would need. She pitched a complete game, allowing only a single run in the sixth inning. She gave up only four hits and struck out seven.
Miami completed its scoring in the bottom of the sixth when a Wright State throwing error allowed Lipscomb and Shuey to both score and make it 6-1.
Lipscomb finished the nightcap 1-for-1 with three walks, three RBI and two runs scored. Arbour was 1-for-2 with one RBI, while Shuey was 1-for-1 with two runs scored and a walk.
The RedHawks return to action Saturday when they travel to suburban Pittsburgh for the RMU Colonial Classic. Miami will take on Siena at 1 p.m. and Robert Morris at 3 p.m.