NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the temperature in the 20s, it took a little while for the Miami University softball team’s offense to get going, but the RedHawks scored nine runs over the final three innings to open the Music City Classic with a 9-1, six-inning victory over Detroit on Friday. Miami moves to 1-0 on the season, while the Titans fall to 0-1.
The game remained scoreless through the first three and a half innings. Senior pitcher Paige Myers got the start for the RedHawks, striking out eight in the first four innings while allowing only one hit.
In the bottom of the fourth, senior second baseman Kristy Arbour reached on an error. One batter later, sophomore first baseman Jenna Modic doubled to move Arbour to third. Senior designated player Allie Larrabee singled to bring Arbour home and score Miami’s first run of the season.
Detroit tied the score with a leadoff home run in the top of the fifth. The ‘Hawks quickly answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Junior shortstop Kylie McChesney led off with a single to left center. With one out, sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey walked. A sacrifice bunt by Arbour moved the runners up to second and third with two outs. Sophomore third baseman Hailey Reed brought both McChesney and Shuey home with a double to center field. A single by Modic scored Reed and made it 4-1 after five innings.
The RedHawks finished the contest with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb reached second on a dropped fly ball. Junior catcher Shanyn McIntyre doubled to left field to bring her home. McIntyre stole third, while sophomore outfielder Tanya Busby hit an infield single. With one out, Shuey walked to load the bases. Arbour hit a ground ball and the Titans attempted to get McIntyre at home, but she was safe to make it 6-1. Reed followed with a double to left field that scored Shuey and Busby and made it 8-1. A sacrifice fly by Modic brought Arbour home and gave Miami the 9-1, run-rule win.
Reed finished the day 2-for-4 with four RBI and one run scored. Modic was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Larrabee was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Myers got the win, allowing only one earned run on two hits in five innings while striking out nine. Sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann relieved Myers in the sixth and pitched a scoreless frame for the save.
Weather permitting, Miami continues play at the Music City Classic with two games on Saturday. The RedHawks take on Coach Clarisa Crowell’s alma mater Virginia Tech at 10 a.m. (EST)., and follow it up with a 3 p.m. (EST) contest against host Lipscomb.