BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Miami University softball team earned a split against preseason Mid-American Conference East Division favorite Bowling Green on Saturday. The RedHawks continued their undefeated start to MAC play with a 3-2 victory in the opener, but they fell, 5-1, in the nightcap. Miami is now 7-19 on the season and 3-1 in the MAC. The Falcons are 13-11 overall and 1-3 in the MAC.
In the opener, the ‘Hawks struck quickly with a run in the top of the first inning. With one out, Tiyona Marshall singled to center field and advanced to second when the centerfielder mishandled the ball. A Kayla Ledbetter groundout moved her up to third. Marshall scored when Shanyn McIntyre recorded an infield single to first base.
Meanwhile Paige Myers kept Bowling Green off the board through her first four innings of work, allowing only one hit. In the bottom of the fifth, a single, a walk and a fly out put runners on second and third with only one out. Megan Mattera came in to relieve Myers and recorded a fly out to right field and a groundout to second to end the threat.
Miami recorded an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Kristy Arbour led off with a single down the right field line. Taylor Shuey sacrifice bunted her over to second. A Marshall groundout moved her up to third, and an infield single by Ledbetter brought Arbour home and made it 3-0.
The RedHawks needed that insurance run as Bowling Green rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the deficit to one. With runners on first and second and one out, Mattera would record a strike out and induce a groundout to earn her first career save and secure the 3-2 victory.
Marshall finished the opener 2-for-4 with one run scored. Ledbetter and McIntyre were each 1-for-4 with one RBI.
The Falcons scored three runs in bottom of the first of game two off starter Jenna Modic. Myers came in to relieve her, but BGSU would score two more in the bottom of the second with the help of two hits and a Miami error to make it a 5-0 game.
Myers would keep Bowling Green off the board the rest of the game, but it took until the top of the seventh inning for the RedHawks to solve Falcon starter Jamie Kertes. Arbour and Shuey each singled to begin the frame. A passed ball would advance Arbour over to third. Ledbetter singled down the right field line to bring her home and make it 5-1. The Miami offense stalled from there and the Falcons went on to earn the split.
Myers allowed one earned run and six hits in six innings of work. She struck out four. Ledbetter finished 2-for-4 with one RBI. Shuey and Marshall each recorded two hits for the RedHawks.
Miami will host Butler for its home opening doubleheader on Tuesday. The first game is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.