KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Miami University softball team dropped a pair of games to Western Michigan on Friday. The RedHawks fell in the opener, 9-4. They then dropped a 4-0 decision in the nightcap. Miami is now 16-19 overall and 4-4 in the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos improve to 13-24 overall and 4-4 in the MAC.
A grand slam home run in the bottom of the second broke a scoreless tie and gave Western Michigan a 4-0 lead in the opener. The RedHawks were able to get one right back in the top of the third. With one out, junior shortstop Kylie McChesney doubled to right field. A groundout by sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey moved McChesney up to third. She was able to score on the next play on an error by the Broncos third baseman.
WMU added two more in the bottom of the third to take a 6-1 advantage.
Miami got back into the game with three runs in the top of the sixth. Shuey led off with a single, while junior outfielder Tiyona Marshall was hit by a pitch. A single from senior second baseman Kristy Arbour scored Shuey and made it 6-2. Senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter followed with a double that brought home Marshall. Junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb completed the RedHawk scoring with a single down the right field line that scored Arbour and pulled Miami to within two at 6-4.
Unfortunately the comeback was not to be for the RedHawks, as Western Michigan answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 9-4 win.
Shuey finished the opener 2-for-3 with one run scored. Arbour was 1-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.
It was a pitching duel between Miami’s senior Paige Myers and WMU’s Erin Binkowski in the nightcap. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth. The Broncos broke through for four runs on six hits to secure the 4-0 win.
Shuey, Lipscomb, McChesney and sophomore right fielder Tanya Busby each recorded hits for the RedHawks in game two.
Due to the potential for bad weather on Sunday in the DeKalb area, Miami will now take on Northern Illinois in a doubleheader Saturday. The first game will begin at 3 p.m. (EDT).