MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Miami University softball team earned a split at the RMU Colonial Classic on Saturday. The RedHawks dropped the opener to Siena, 4-3. They came back to defeat Robert Morris, 2-1, in the nightcap. Miami is now 11-14 on the season.
Siena (9-10 overall) scored one run in the first, two runs in the second and one run in the third to take a 4-0 lead after three innings. Sophomore pitcher Jenna Modic came into the game in relief beginning in the top of the fourth and kept the Saints off the board the rest of the way. She finished the game allowing only two hits in 4.0 innings, while striking out four.
The RedHawks got on the board with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb drew a walk. Modic followed with a single up the middle. Sophomore right fielder Hailey Reed moved each of them up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Junior third baseman Remy Edwards was walked to load the bases with two outs.
After Siena changed pitchers, junior shortstop Kylie McChesney was hit by a pitch to force home Lipscomb and put Miami on the board. Junior catcher Shanyn McIntyre was walked, forcing home Modic and making it 4-2. Sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey was safe on catcher’s interference, scoring Edwards and making it a one-run game at 4-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, senior first baseman Allie Larrabee led off with a walk. Lipscomb followed with a single to put runners on first and second with no one out. The Saints would recover to retire the next three RedHawk batters to finish off the 4-3 win.
Larrabee finished the opener 2-for-3. Lipscomb and Modic were each 1-for-3 with one run scored.
Miami struck first with a run in the top of the second in the nightcap against Robert Morris (14-13 overall). Lipscomb led off with a walk. Junior designated player Megan Mattera sacrifice bunted her over to second base. Edwards then sacrificed Lipscomb to third, but the Colonials’ second baseman muffed the throw, allowing Lipscomb to score and giving the RedHawks a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, Lipscomb led off with a single. Mattera again sacrifice bunted her over to second base. One batter later, McIntyre singled up the middle to bring Lipscomb home and make it 2-0.
That would be all sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann needed. She allowed only a solo home run to Robert Morris in the bottom of the fifth to complete the 2-1 score. She allowed five hits and struck out four in 5.0 innings pitched. Mattera came in and pitched the final two innings, allowing only two hits. She earned her second save of the season.
Lipscomb was 1-for-2 with two runs scored in the nightcap. McIntyre also had a hit for Miami.
The RedHawks return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Marshall for a single game beginning at 4 p.m.