CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Miami University softball team earned a split on day two of the Frost Classic Saturday. The RedHawks came from behind to defeat Tennessee Tech, 9-6, in the opener. They then scored three runs in the top of the seventh to send the nightcap against tournament host Chattanooga into extra innings, but ultimately fell, 10-6, in nine innings. Miami is now 2-7 on the season.
The Red and White got off to a fast start against Tennessee Tech, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. Kayla Ledbetter led off with a walk. Tiyona Marshall singled down the left field line to move her over to second. The Golden Eagles attempted to retire Ledbetter on Shanyn McIntyre's groundball, but they didn't get her and everyone was safe. Allie Larrabee followed with a double to deep centerfield that cleared the bases and made it 3-0. Two batters later, Taylor Shuey tripled to right field to bring home Jenna Modic and give the 'Hawks a 4-0 advantage.
Tennessee Tech (6-5) fought back to score five runs in the bottom of the first and another in the bottom of the second off starter Megan Mattera. Mattera would settle down for the remainder of the game, allowing no further runs and only two hits to earn her first career victory.
Miami would tie the score in the top of the fifth when Larrabee doubled to bring home Marshall and Ledbetter. In the top of the sixth, Marshall doubled to centerfield to score Ledbetter and Kylie McChesney and give the RedHawks an 8-6 lead. Miami got one more insurance run in the top of the seventh when Shuey hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield that scored Larrabee.
Larrabee finished 3-for-4 with one run scored and a career-high five RBI. It is the first five RBI game for a RedHawk player in nearly three years; Sarah Billstrom was the last to do it with five against Eastern Kentucky on Apr. 6, 2010. Marshall finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Ledbetter drew three walks and scored three runs.
Chattanooga (7-5) took a 4-0 lead into the sixth inning of the nightcap. Miami got its offense going with two runs in the top of the frame. With one out, McChesney recorded an infield single. A groundout by Kristy Arbour moved her to second base. Kayla Ledbetter doubled to deep centerfield, allowing both McChesney and Ledbetter to score. The Mocs responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth off Mattera to take a 5-2 lead going into the seventh.
In the top of the seventh, Modic led off with a single to centerfield and was replaced by pinch-runner Brandi Hernandez. Hailey Reed doubled, moving Hernandez to third. Chattanooga retired the next two batters, but Arbour's grounder to third base was mishandled, allowing Hernandez and Reed to score. Ledbetter would then tie the game with a single up the middle that scored Arbour. Mattera retired the Mocs in order in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
The teams played with the international tiebreaker rule in extra innings that saw a runner placed on second base to begin the frame. In the top of the eight, Larrabee singled to score McIntyre immediately. Chattanooga would respond in the bottom of the inning by scoring their tiebreaker runner and tying the score at six.
Miami was unable to bring its runner home in the top of the ninth. Chattanooga began the bottom half of the inning by singling its runner to third base. A walk loaded the bases with no outs. Mattera got the next batter to fly out to centerfield, but Kasey Tydingco would hit a game-ending grand slam over the leftfield wall to give the Mocs a 10-6 win.
McIntyre finished the nightcap, 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored. Larrabee was 1-for-4 with one RBI, finishing with six RBI total in the doubleheader.
Miami will complete play at the Frost Classic on Sunday when it takes on Lipscomb at 10 a.m.