YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Miami University softball team pounded out 17 hits in two games, but it stranded 19 runners as Eastern Michigan came away with a doubleheader sweep on Friday. The Eagles took the first game, 8-4, and won the nightcap, 4-2. The RedHawks fall to 10-6 in the Mid-American Conference and 17-26 overall. EMU is 4-12 in the MAC and 14-29-1 overall.
The opener started out well for Miami as it plated two runs in the top of the first. Taylor Shuey led off with an infield single to third base. Tiyona Marshall moved her up to second with a sacrifice bunt. One batter later, a single from Jenna Modic got Shuey up to third. Shanyn McIntyre followed with a single through the right side that scored her and put the ‘Hawks on the board. Kayla Ledbetter continued the hot hitting with a single to the shortstop that scored Modic and made it 2-0.
Eastern Michigan hit a pair of two-run home runs in the bottom of the first to take a 4-2 lead. It stayed that way until the bottom of the fourth, when the Eagles scored four more to increase their advantage to 8-2.
In the top of the fifth, Miami was able to load the bases with two outs. A balk then brought home Hailey Reed to cut the deficit to five at 8-3.
With two on and no one out in the top of the seventh, Kylie McChesney doubled to deep right center, allowing McIntyre to score. Ledbetter also attempted to come home, but a good throw by the EMU center fielder was able to get her out. The RedHawks were unable to plate another run, as the Eagles took the 8-4 win.
Shuey finished the opener 3-for-5 with one run scored. McChesney was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Miami outhit Eastern Michigan, 12-11, but left 10 runners on base in the contest.
Shuey and Reed each walked to begin the top of the first of the nightcap. A single through the left side by Modic would load the bases with only one out. One batter later, a passed ball allowed Shuey to score and give the ‘Hawks an early 1-0 lead.
Miami would make it 2-0 with another run in the top of the third. Shuey led off with an infield single. One batter later, Reed doubled to deep right center to move her to third. After the Eagles recorded the second out, Ledbetter hit a shot over the third baseman’s glove that brought Shuey home.
Eastern Michigan scored three runs in the bottom of the third off starter Megan Mattera. Paige Myers came in to relieve her, but the Eagles would get another run in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. Myers settled down from there, holding EMU hitless the rest of the way.
Miami’s best chance to tie the game came in the top of the sixth when McIntyre and Remy Edwards each drew walks and were advanced to second and third after a sacrifice bunt by Kristy Arbour. A great pitch by Eagle starter Jenna Ignowski would retire Shuey and get out of the jam. In the top of the seventh, Marshall would advance as far as third, but again Ignowski would get the strikeout, securing the 4-2 victory for EMU.
Ledbetter finished the nightcap, 1-for-4 with one RBI. Shuey, Marshall, Reed and Modic also recorded hits in the contest for Miami.
The RedHawks will look to get back on the winning track when they head to Central Michigan Saturday for a single game beginning at 2 p.m.