OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University softball team rebounded to earn a split in its doubleheader with Western Michigan on Friday. After dropping the opener, 15-2, the RedHawks came back to take a 5-1 victory in the nightcap. Miami is now 10-20 overall and 4-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos are 11-18 overall and 2-2 in the MAC.
The RedHawks exploded for four runs in the bottom of the first of the second game. Taylor Shuey led things off with a walk. Tiyona Marshall followed with a perfect bunt in front of the catcher for a base hit. Kayla Ledbetter singled up to middle to load the bases. A groundout by Allie Larrabee allowed Shuey to come home and score to make it 1-0. Hailey Reed walked to reload the bases, while a groundout from Shanyn McIntyre brought home Marshall and made it 2-0. Kylie McChesney completed the exciting inning with a single to left center to score Ledbetter and Reed, which gave the ‘Hawks a 4-0 lead.
Miami received a great combined pitching effort from Jenna Modic and Paige Myers. Modic went the first 3.1 innings and allowed only a single earned run in the top of the second. Myers took over in the middle of the fourth, and gave up only one hit in 3.2 innings to earn the victory. She struck out five.
Reed gave the ‘Hawks an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth when she lined a shot over the left field wall for her second home run of the season.
Reed finished the nightcap 2-for-2 with one RBI and two runs scored. McChesney was 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Marshall was 2-for-4 with one run scored.
The first game appeared that it was going to be a pitchers’ duel between Myers and Western Michigan’s Becca Shemberger, as it was scoreless through three innings. The Broncos scored two runs in the top of the fourth and four in the top of the fifth to break it open. Miami cut the deficit to 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Ledbetter and Marshall scored on an error, but WMU scored nine runs in the top of the seventh to finish off the 15-2 win.
Ledbetter finished the opener 1-for-1 with two walks and one run scored. McIntyre recorded the other hit for the RedHawks.
Miami returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.