OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University softball team took an important step in keeping its Mid-American Conference Tournament hopes alive on Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday. The RedHawks improve to 21-26 overall and 8-11 in the MAC. The Chippewas fall to 32-19 overall and 10-9 in the MAC.

Miami moved up to ninth place in the league standings with its 8-11 record. Toledo and Northern Illinois are currently tied for the final two spots in the MAC Tournament at 9-12. In order to qualify, the RedHawks need to win on Sunday, and have either the Rockets or Huskies lose their game.

The RedHawks scored all of their runs in the bottom of the third inning. Junior outfielder Tiyona Marshall led off with a walk. Sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey reached base on an error, while senior second baseman Kristy Arbour loaded the bases with no one out on a bunt single. Senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter hit into a fielder’s choice, but Marshall was able to score to put Miami on the board. After sophomore designated player Jenna Modic walked to reload the bases, back-to-back walks from junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb and senior first baseman Allie Larrabee brought home two more runs and gave the ‘Hawks a 3-0 advantage.

Senior pitcher Paige Myers kept Central Michigan off the board until the top of the fourth. With one out, a single followed by a two-run home run from Trista Cox made it a 3-2 game. Myers recovered to get the final two outs and end any further Chippewa threat. She earned her 10th victory on Saturday, allowing four hits in four innings while striking out three.

Modic came into the game beginning in the top of the fifth, and was nearly unhittable in earning her fourth save of the season. Only one CMU base runner reached base during the final three innings, and that was on an error in the top of the sixth. Modic retired the final three batters in order in the top of the seventh to secure the RedHawks’ 3-2 win. She struck out four of the 10 hitters she faced.

Miami completes the regular season on Sunday when it has a rematch with Central Michigan beginning at 1 p.m. Prior to the game, the RedHawks will hold their annual Senior Day ceremony with seniors Brandi Hernandez, Arbour, Larrabee, Ledbetter and Myers honored for their accomplishments the past four seasons.