OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University softball team had a pair of great pitching performances, but Ohio used a couple of last inning rallies to sweep a doubleheader on Friday. The Bobcats took the opener, 1-0, in nine innings. They then scored four runs in the top of the seventh to earn a 4-3 victory in the nightcap. The RedHawks fall to 17-22 overall and 5-7 in the Mid-American Conference. Ohio is 25-17 overall and 10-2 in the MAC.
The opener was a pitcher’s duel between Miami starting pitcher senior Paige Myers and the Bobcats’ Savannah Jo Dorsey. They kept trading zeroes as Myers held Ohio to only one hit through the first five innings. She was helped by some great defensive work, as senior second baseman Kristy Arbour and junior shortstop Kylie McChesney each made great stabs on tricky-hop ground balls.
Ohio led off the top of the sixth with a double and a single to put runners on first and third with no one out. Sophomore pitcher Jenna Modic came in and got a pair of groundouts and a strikeout to get the ‘Hawks out of the jam. Meanwhile, while junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb just missed a home run as she hit a double off the top of the wall in the bottom of the sixth, Dorsey continued to keep Miami off the board.
Modic struck out the first two batters in the top of the ninth for the RedHawks. A pair of defensive miscues allowed Ohio to strike first with what would prove to be the game’s only run. Dorsey retired Miami in order in the bottom of the ninth to finish off the 1-0 win.
Lipscomb finished 2-for-4 in the opener. Myers allowed three hits and struck out three in five innings pitched. Modic allowed only one unearned run and struck out four in four innings pitched.
Dorsey continued to pitch for the Bobcats in the nightcap, and the RedHawks were finally able to get to her in the bottom of the second. Lipscomb led off with a walk. One batter later, McChesney reached on a bunt single, moving Lipscomb to second. A sacrifice bunt by junior third baseman Remy Edwards moved the runners up a base. Junior first baseman Shanyn McIntyre followed with a chopper that went over Dorsey’s head and allowed Lipscomb to score.
In the bottom of the third, a double by Lipscomb scored senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter. Miami made it 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth when a single by sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey brought home McIntyre.
Meanwhile, sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann was nearly unhittable during the first six innings for the ‘Hawks. She allowed only two hits and did not let a runner reach past first. She struck out six.
After being kept at bay for 15 innings by Miami pitching, Ohio finally was able to get its offense going in the top of the seventh. A pair of singles, followed by a three-run home run by Adrienne Gebele tied the score at three. A walk and a single, followed by an error allowed another run to score and gave the Bobcats a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh. After being pulled in the fifth inning, Dorsey returned to retire the RedHawks in order to finish off the save for Ohio.
Shuey was 2-for-4 with one RBI in the nightcap. McIntyre finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.
Miami returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Akron for a single game beginning at 2 p.m.