OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University softball team kept its Mid-American Tournament hopes alive with a split against Eastern Michigan on Friday. The RedHawks dropped the opener, 5-3. They came back to earn a dramatic, 3-2, victory in nine innings in the nightcap. Miami is now 20-26 overall and 7-11 in the MAC. The Eagles are 13-35 overall and 4-14 in the MAC.
The opener started out poorly for the ‘Hawks as EMU scored two runs in the top of the second and three more in the top of the fourth to take a 5-0 lead. Sophomore pitcher Jenna Modic came in to the game in relief and shut down the Eagles from there, allowing only three hits in 3.2 innings of work.
Miami began to mount a comeback in the bottom of the fourth. Three consecutive RedHawk batters reached on a walk. Junior shortstop Kylie McChesney followed with a groundout to short, but junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb was able to score to cut the deficit to 5-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, Modic hit a towering home run off the hitting facility in right field to make it 5-2. In the bottom of the seventh, senior first baseman Allie Larrabee made it 5-3 with a single up the middle that scored senior second baseman Kristy Arbour. Miami was able to get the tying runs on base, but was unable to push another run across as Eastern Michigan hung on for the victory.
Larrabee finished the opener 2-for-3 with one RBI. Modic was 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.
The RedHawks wasted no time getting on board to begin the nightcap. In the bottom of the first Arbour and Larrabee were hit by pitches back-to-back. A double to left field by Lipscomb scored Arbour and gave Miami a 1-0 lead.
That almost proved to be all sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann would need. Throwing one of the best games of her career, she kept the Eagles off the board until the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Michelle Kriegshauser hit a solo home run over the centerfield wall to tie the score at one and send the game into extra innings.
It remained tied until the top of the ninth when a double followed by a single scored a run and put EMU in front, 2-1.
Senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter retied the game on the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth, sending a ball over the left field wall. Wanting to end the game there, the RedHawks kept the pressure up. Arbour singled up the middle. After an out was recorded, Lipscomb sacrifice bunted Arbour up to second. Modic was intentionally walked, but Shuey followed with a double to deep right center that scored Arbour and gave Miami a 3-2 win.
Ledbetter finished the nightcap 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Arbour was 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
Logemann earned the victory, throwing all nine innings. She allowed two runs on only four hits while striking out a career-high 12.
Miami returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Central Michigan at 2 p.m.