CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Miami University softball team suffered a pair of tough defeats Friday to open the Frost Classic. The RedHawks dropped a 10-2 decision to Eastern Kentucky in five innings in the morning. Miami then fell to Boston College, 6-5, in the afternoon after the Eagles hit two home runs in the bottom of the seventh to come from behind and win. The 'Hawks are now 1-6 on the season.
Miami struck first in the opener against Eastern Kentucky (4-2). In the top of the second inning, Allie Larrabee led off and was hit by a pitch. Jenna Modic sacrificed her over to second base. A groundout then moved her to third. Hailey Reed drew a walk to put runners at the corners. She took off to steal second base, and the catcher's throw sailed into the outfield. That allowed Larrabee to come home and give the RedHawks a 1-0 lead.
The Colonels tied the score with a home run in the bottom of the second. The bottom of the third would prove to be the difference as Miami committed two errors, while EKU pounded out six hits as it plated six in the frame to take a 7-1 advantage.
The RedHawks got a run back in the top of the fifth when Reed hit her first career home run. The Colonels answered with three more runs in the bottom of the inning to push the lead to eight and create a run-rule victory.
Miami plated two runs in the top of the second inning to take an early 2-0 lead over Boston College (1-1) in the nightcap. Larrabee led off with a single up the middle. Shanyn McIntyre moved her up to third with a double to right center. Reed drew a walk to load the bases. Kristy Arbour then drew a walk of her own to force home Larrabee. After a fielder's choice groundout retired McIntyre at home, a sacrifice fly by Kylie McChesney would score Reed.
The RedHawks made it 3-1 in the top of the third when Larrabee scored on a wild pitch. In the top of the fifth the Boston College left fielder misplayed a fly ball hit by Reed. That allowed both McIntyre and Shuey to come home and give Miami a 5-1 lead.
Paige Myers had come into the game in relief of Megan Mattera in the bottom of the third inning. She got the 'Hawks out of a bases loaded one out jam, and kept the Eagles off the board until a double in the bottom of the fifth brought home two runs to make it 5-3.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh inning. After the leadoff hitter walked, Ledbetter threw her out trying to steal second. Myers then force a shallow pop out before a solo home run by Tory Speer made it a one-run game. The next hitter drew a walk, and Alana DiMaso completed the Eagle comeback with two-run home run over the centerfield wall.
McIntyre finished the nightcap 2-for-2 with two walks and one run scored. Larrabee was 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
Miami will look to get back on the winning track with two more games Saturday at the Frost Classic. The 'Hawks will take on Tennessee Tech at 11 a.m. and follow that with a 1:15 p.m. game against host Chattanooga.