NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Miami University softball team dropped a pair of games at the Music City Classic on Saturday. The RedHawks fell to Virginia Tech, 6-1, in the morning, and then dropped an 11-7 decision to Lipscomb in the afternoon. Miami is now 1-2 on the season.
Virginia Tech struck first with one run in the bottom of the first of the opener. Miami fought right back to tie the score in the top of the second. Senior first baseman Allie Larrabee led off with a walk. Junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb sacrifice bunted her over to second. Junior catcher Shanyn McIntyre followed with a walk of her own. Junior shortstop Kylie McChesney sacrificed both runners up a base. Senior outfielder Brandi Hernandez then hit an infield single to third base, allowing Larrabee to score and make it 1-1.
Sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann got the start for the RedHawks, and kept the Hokies to that single run until the bottom of the fourth. VT led off with a double, followed by a two-run home run to take a 3-1 lead. The Hokies added three runs in the bottom of the fifth to complete the scoring.
Hernandez finished the game 1-for-2 with one RBI. Lipscomb, senior second baseman Kristy Arbour and sophomore third baseman Hailey Reed also recorded hits for Miami. Senior pitcher Paige Myers threw 1.2 innings of scoreless relief for the RedHawks.
Lipscomb scored two runs in the top of the first and three runs in the top of the second to take a 5-0 lead in the nightcap. It remained that way until the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore pitcher Jenna Modic led off with a single to left field. Larrabee followed with a single to left field of her own. Bree Lipscomb then blasted her first home run of the season over the left field wall to cut the deficit to 5-3.
The Bison scored single runs in the top of the fifth and sixth, and followed with four runs in the top of the seventh to take an 11-3 lead.
Despite the deficit going into the bottom of the seventh, the RedHawks did not give up. Both McChesney and sophomore outfielder Tanya Busby reached on errors, and moved up to second and third base on a wild pitch. A single by sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey scored McChesney. Arbour singled to bring Busby home and make it 11-5. Reed walked to load the bases with no one out. A wild pitch scored both Arbour and Shuey and made it 11-7. Miami had runners on second and third with still no one out, but the Bison’s pitcher was able to induce three straight groundouts to get out of the jam without further damage.
Bree Lipscomb finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored. Arbour was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Modic was 2-for-4 with one run scored.
The RedHawks complete play at the Music City Classic on Sunday when they take on Tennessee State at 11:30 a.m. (EST). Note that the location for that game has been switched to Belmont University.