BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Miami University softball team split two games to open the Hilltopper Spring Fling on Friday. The RedHawks defeated Canisius, 5-0, in the opener. They then fell to Belmont, 5-3, in the nightcap. Miami is now 3-3 on the season.
Senior pitcher Paige Myers kept Canisius (2-3) in check during the opener. She threw a complete game shutout, allowing only three hits. She struck out six and now has a 3-0 record with a 0.40 ERA on the season.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth. Senior second baseman Kristy Arbour reached on a fielding error. A sacrifice bunt by sophomore third baseman Hailey Reed moved Arbour up to second. Sophomore designated player Jenna Modic reached on a fielding error and was pinch-ran for by sophomore outfielder Tanya Busby. With runners on second and third, a single by shortstop Kylie McChesney drove Arbour and Busby home and made it 2-0.
Miami scored the remainder of its runs in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Reed singled up the middle. Another single from Modic moved Reed up to second. Junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb reached on a fielder’s choice, as Reed was retired at third. A single through the left side by senior first baseman Allie Larrabee loaded the bases. McChesney then unloaded the bases, driving a ball to deep center field to score all three runners and make it 5-0.
McChesney had a great day for the RedHawks, finishing 2-for-3 with a career-high five RBI. Arbour, Reed, Modic and Larrabee also had hits for Miami.
The ‘Hawks struck first with a run in the top of the first against Belmont (4-5). Sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey led off with a bunt single. A sacrifice bunt by Arbour moved Shuey up to second. One batter later, Modic singled through the middle to score Shuey and give Miami a 1-0 lead.
Sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann got the start and kept the Bruins off the board until a run in the bottom of the third tied the score. Belmont was able to break the game open when it scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead.
It remained that way until the top of the sixth. With one out, Reed singled to right field. She then advanced to second on a wild pitch. A double by Modic brought Reed home and made it 4-2. Busby came in as a pinch-runner for Modic. Lipscomb followed with a double of her own down the left field line to score Busby and pull the ‘Hawks to within one at 4-3.
Belmont got one back when it scored in the bottom of the sixth to send the game to the final inning with the Bruins in front, 5-3.
Miami had a great chance to score in the top of the seventh. Larrabee, junior outfielder Tiyona Marshall and Shuey each had singles to load the bases with no one out. Unfortunately for the RedHawks, Bruin pitcher Taylor Moon refocused and was able to get three outs without any further damage done.
Modic finished the night cap 2-for-4 with two RBI. Shuey was 2-for-4 with one run scored.
Miami continues play at the Hilltopper Spring Fling when it takes on host Western Kentucky at 1:30 p.m. (EST).