MUNCIE, Ind. – The Miami University softball team picked up an important split against Ball State on Sunday. The RedHawks sent the Cardinals to their first Mid-American Conference loss in the opener with a 3-1 victory. BSU came back with a 6-0 win in the nightcap. Miami is now 10-4 in the MAC, 17-24 overall. The Cardinals are 13-1 in the MAC, 29-13 overall.
Ball State struck for one run on two hits off starter Jenna Modic in the bottom of the first of the opener. Despite entering the game statistically as the best hitting team in the MAC, it would be the only hits the Cardinals would record off Modic and reliever Paige Myers. Myers came in the bottom of the fourth after Modic walked a pair and held Ball State hitless for 3.2 innings to earn the win. She struck out four.
The Miami offense finally broke through in the top of the fifth. With one out Tiyona Marshall singled to the shortstop. Hailey Reed singled to center field to move Marshall up to second base. After the second out was recorded, Modic was able to leg out an infield single that was hit off the pitcher’s lege because no one was covering first. On a heads up play, the speedy Marshall used the confusion to come home all the way from second base and tie the score. Shanyn McIntyre followed with a single down the left field line that scored Reed and gave the ‘Hawks a 2-1 lead.
Miami got an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Modic singled to center field to score Marshall. Myers then pitched around an error to retire the Cardinals in the bottom of the frame and secure the victory for the RedHawks.
Marshall finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Reed was 3-for-3 with one run scored. Modic was 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Ball State got its offense going in the second game with two runs in the first inning, three in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 6-0 victory. One positive for Miami in the nightcap was the continued success of Marshall. She went 2-for-3 and finished the doubleheader with five hits.
Miami returns to action on Friday when it travels to Eastern Michigan for a doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m.