AKRON, Ohio – The Miami University softball team used a three-run seventh inning to earn a 7-6 victory over Akron on Sunday. The RedHawks improve to 9-3 in the Mid-American Conference and 15-23 overall. The Zips fall to 4-8 in the MAC and 17-20 overall.
Miami got on the board with single runs in the top halves of the first and second. Jenna Modic singled to center field to bring home Taylor Shuey in the first inning and give the ‘Hawks a 1-0 lead. Remy Edwards drove in their second run, singling to center field to score Shanyn McIntyre in the second inning.
In front, 2-1, in the top of the fourth, Miami plated two more. With one out, McIntyre reached on an error by the shortstop. Kylie McChesney singled up the middle to move McIntyre up to second. Edwards hit a double to deep left center to bring home both McIntyre and McChesney and give Miami a 4-1 lead.
Akron tied the score at four in the bottom of the fifth off an RBI groundout and a two-run home run. Megan Mattera would come in to relieve Modic in the bottom of the sixth and pitch the final two innings.
With the score still tied in the top of the seventh, Miami would explode for three runs. Kristy Arbour led off with an infield single to third base. One batter later, Tiyona Marshall reached on a bunt single. Hailey Reed singled to right field to load the bases with only one out. Modic brought home Arbour and Marshall with a double left center that made it 6-4. Allie Larrabee walked to load the bases, and a single from McIntyre scored Reed to make it 7-4.
The Zips got runners at second and third with no one out in the bottom of the seventh. A single by Kellie Roudabush brought home two runs and cut the deficit to one at 7-6. A walk put runners at first and second with still no one out. Mattera refocused and got a pop out and a groundball double play to end the inning and give the RedHawks the victory.
Modic finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI. Edwards was also 2-for-4 with three RBI. McIntyre finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Miami returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Northern Kentucky for a doubleheader that begins at 2 p.m.