May 10, 2012
AKRON, Ohio - A solo home run was all the scoring that occurred during Miami's MAC Tournament opener as it fell, 1-0, to Central Michigan on Thursday evening. The RedHawks drop to 35-18 overall, while the Chippewas improve to 29-25.
Miami will now play an elimination game against Kent State on Friday at 1:30 p.m. The RedHawks will need to win five games in the next two days without another loss in order to win the MAC Championship. If they are successful against the Golden Flashes, they will play another elimination game against the winner of the Ball State vs. Bowling Green game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
It was a pitcher's duel the entire game between Miami's Jessica Simpson and Central Michigan's Kara Dornbos. Simpson would allow only four base runners the entire game off of three hits and a walk, while striking out seven. The damage came in the top of the fourth when Chippewa power hitter Molly Coldren led off with a blast over the left field wall to give CMU its only run.
Miami's best threat came in the bottom of the sixth when Kayla Ledbetter hit a single to left center with two outs. Tiyona Marshall would pinch-run for her and steal second. Allie Larrabee would follow with a walk to put two runners on. Dornbos would then force Casey Drees into a fly out to left field to end the frame. The RedHawks were only able to manage five hits on Dornbos during the contest.
Fehrenbach was Miami's leading hitter on Thursday, going 2-for-4. Ledbetter, Larrabee and Shanyn McIntyre also recorded hits for the Red and White.