CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Miami University softball team swept its opening two games of the Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament on Friday. The RedHawks defeated Maine, 11-5, in the opener. They followed it up with a 7-2 victory over Seton Hall in the nightcap. Miami is now 8-10 on the season.
It didn’t start well for the RedHawks as Maine (6-8 overall) scored three runs (all unearned) on three hits and an error off starting pitcher Paige Myers. She settled down, allowing only one more run in 3.2 innings pitched.
The Black Bears held their 3-0 lead until the Red and White broke through for four runs in the bottom of the third. Sophomore outfielder Tanya Busby led off with a single to the catcher. A single to the shortstop by sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey moved Busby up to second. Senior second baseman Kristy Arbour singled up the middle, scoring Busby and putting Miami on the board. A sacrifice fly by senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter scored Shuey and made it 3-2. Senior first baseman Allie Larrabee followed with a double that brought home Arbour and tied the score at three. One batter later, a single by junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb scored Larrabee and put the RedHawks in front for the first time at 4-3.
Maine tied the score at four with a run in the top of the fourth. Miami took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Ledbetter led off with a double to right field. Larrabee followed with a double of her own, scoring Ledbetter and giving Miami a 5-4 lead. After the Black Bears recorded a pair of outs, a double to left field by junior third baseman Remy Edwards scored Larrabee. Kylie McChesney made it 7-4 by bringing home Edwards on a single to right center.
One swing of the bat gave the RedHawks four more runs in the bottom of the sixth. With Shuey, Ledbetter and Larrabee on base, Lipscomb hit a shot over the leftfield wall for her third home run of the season and first career grand slam.
Maine got one run back in the top of the seventh to complete the scoring.
Lipscomb finished the opener 2-for-4 with a career-high five RBI and one run scored. Larrabee was 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored. Ledbetter finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored, while Shuey was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Sophomore pitcher Jenna Modic earned the victory for the RedHawks in relief. She allowed one run on four hits in 3.1 innings pitched.
In the top of the first of the nightcap, Shuey led off with a single. A sacrifice bunt by Arbour moved her up to second. A groundout by Larrabee moved Shuey up to third. Modic followed with a single that brought Shuey home and gave Miami a 1-0 lead.
A key point early in the game came when Seton Hall (5-18 overall) loaded the bases with only one out in the bottom of the first. Sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann forced a groundout and then recorded a strikeout to keep the Pirates off the board and maintain the RedHawks’ 1-0 advantage.
With two outs and the bases empty in the top of the second, junior outfielder Tiyona Marshall reached on an error. Shuey singled to second base, moving Marshall up a base. A single to centerfield by Arbour brought Marshall home and moved Shuey to third base. Shuey was able to steal home to give the RedHawks a 3-0 lead.
Seton Hall scored single runs in the bottom of the second and fifth to pull within one at 3-2 after five innings.
In the top of the sixth, three separate errors by Seton Hall allowed Busby to score and give Miami a 4-2 lead.
The RedHawks put the game away with three runs in the top of the seventh. Arbour led off with a single to leftfield. Ledbetter walked, while Larrabee singled to leftfield, scoring Arbour. A single to centerfield by Modic brought home Ledbetter, making it 6-2. Two batters later, a sacrifice fly by Edwards scored the pinch-runner, redshirt freshman Eryn McCarver, to complete the scoring at 7-2.
Modic finished the nightcap 2-for-4 with two RBI. Arbour was 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Shuey was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Logemann earned the complete game victory for the RedHawks, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out six.
Miami continues play with a pair of games at the Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament on Saturday. The RedHawks take on Connecticut at 9:30 a.m., and follow it up with a 2:15 contest against Boston University.