CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Miami University softball team earned a split on the opening day of the Coach B Classic on Saturday. The RedHawks defeated Murray State, 7-1, in the opener. They then fell to Southern Illinois, 9-0, in five innings in the nightcap. Miami is now 4-6 on the season.
The RedHawks got the scoring going right off the bat in the opener against Murray State (7-6). Sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey led off the game with her first home run of the season. Two batters later, senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter made it 2-0 when she hit her own solo shot over the leftfield wall.
Miami added to the lead with three runs in the top of the third. With one out, sophomore designated player Jenna Modic walked. A double by senior first baseman Allie Larrabee moved Modic up to third. A single by sophomore third baseman Hailey Reed brought home Modic and made it 3-0. Two batters later, a double by junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb scored Reed and Larrabee and gave the RedHawks a 5-0 advantage.
After the Racers scored a run in the bottom of the third, Miami answered in the top of the fourth when a bases loaded walk by Reed scored Ledbetter. The ‘Hawks completed their scoring in the top of the seventh when Lipscomb hit a solo home run over the centerfield wall, her second home run of the season.
Sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann got the start and allowed only one run in five innings of work for her first win at Miami. Lipscomb finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored. Ledbetter was 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored, while Reed finished 2-for-2 with two RBI and one run scored.
Southern Illinois (6-6) scored two runs in the top of the first and five runs in the top of the third to break the nightcap open. The Salukis added two runs in the top of the fifth to take a 9-0 lead and set up a run-rule win.
Miami’s best chance to score came in the bottom of the fifth as it tried to avoid the run-rule. With one out, Shuey and senior second baseman Kristy Arbour hit back-to-back singles. Senior outfielder Brandi Hernandez reached on a fielder’s choice as Shuey was retired at third. A walk by Modic loaded the bases with two outs, but the RedHawks were unable to bring a run home.
Shuey finished the nightcap 2-for-3. Arbour, Ledbetter and Larrabee also recorded hits for Miami.
The RedHawks complete play at the Coach B Classic on Sunday when they take on Kansas at 10 a.m. and have a rematch with SIU at 2 p.m.