CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Miami University softball team overcame a three-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings, but it eventually fell to Lipscomb, 11-9, in 10 innings. The game was the finale of the Frost Classic. The RedHawks fall to 2-8 on the season, while the Bison improve to 7-6.
Mattera helped her own cause in the bottom of the fifth with her first home run of the year, a solo shot over the centerfield wall. After Lipscomb made it 6-1 in the top of the sixth, the RedHawks responded with two more in the bottom half of the frame. Kristy Arbour led off the inning with a walk. Kayla Ledbetter than blasted her third home run of the season to make it 6-3.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Hailey Reed singled up the middle. Bree Lipscomb reached on an error by the third baseman, which moved Reed up to second. Kylie McChesney followed with a single through the right side to load the bases. An infield single by Arbour scored Reed and made it 6-4. Ledbetter than singled to right field to score McChesney and Lipscomb. After Tiyona Marshall singled to move Ledbetter up to second base, a double play by the Bison sent the game into extra innings.
Each of the extra innings was played under International Tiebreaker rules, which meant the frame started with a runner on second base. Lipscomb scored their runner in the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the frame, Shanyn McIntyre was placed on second to start things off. Larrabee sacrifice bunted her over to third. A single up the middle by Mattera would score her and keep the game going.
In the ninth, the Bison once again scored their placed runner to take a 9-8 advantage. In the bottom of the inning, McChesney sacrifice bunted Lipscomb to third base. Arbour walked and then stole second to place the winning run in scoring position. Ledbetter popped up to second for the second out. Marshall hit a single to leftfield that scored Lipscomb easily. Arbour also attempted to score on the play, but the relay got her at the plate and sent the game to a 10th inning.
In the 10th inning, the Bison used a double and a triple to plate three runs and take an 11-8 lead. The RedHawks would get one back in the bottom of the frame when a sacrifice fly by Allie Larrabee scored Marshall, but they would be unable to complete another comeback as they fell, 11-9.
Ledbetter finished the game 2-for-5 with four RBI and one run scored. Mattera was 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored.
Miami will take next week off before traveling to Louisville, March 8-10, to participate in the Red and Black Tournament.