SAN DIEGO - The Miami University softball team completed its spring break trip with a split on Saturday. The RedHawks defeated Colorado State, 3-2, in eight innings in the opener before falling to Harvard, 7-2, in the nightcap. Miami is now 4-18 on the season.
Sophomore pitcher Megan Mattera kept Colorado State (10-14) off the board for the first five innings of the opener. That proved to be key as the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Shanyn McIntyre reached on an error. After a strikeout, Hailey Reed singled to centerfield, moving McIntyre up to second base. Kylie McChesney followed with a single to leftfield, scoring McIntyre and giving the 'Hawks a 1-0 lead.
It remained that way until the top of the sixth, when a triple off of Mattera and a double off of reliever Paige Myers brought home a run for the Rams and tied the score at one. Colorado State threatened again in the top of the seventh when it got runners at second and third with no one out, but Myers and the Miami defense bore down and did not allow anyone to score as the game went into extra innings.
Playing the international tiebreaker rule, the Rams scored their placed runner in the top of the eighth to take a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, Remy Edwards started off on second base. Taylor Shuey was then hit by a pitch. Tiyona Marshall tried to sacrifice them over, but Colorado State got Edwards out at third. A wild pitch moved both Shuey and Marshall up a base. Allie Larrabee followed with deep fly ball to left field that allowed Shuey to run home on the sacrifice and tie the score at two. Colorado State chose to intentionally walk Kayla Ledbetter so it could face McIntyre instead. That proved to be a mistake as McIntyre singled down the leftfield line, bringing home Marshall and giving Miami the 3-2 win.
McIntyre finished the opener 1-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI. Mattera allowed one earned run on six hits in 5.2 innings. Myers earned the victory in relief, allowing one unearned run on two hits in 2.2 innings. She struck out four.
Harvard (5-8) struck first in the nightcap with a single run in the bottom of the second inning. The RedHawks answered with two runs in the top of the third. With one out, Edwards drew a walk. After the Crimson recorded the second out, Hailey Reed reached on an error by the right fielder. The error allowed Edwards to come home all the way from first and tie the game at one. Ledbetter followed with a double to centerfield to score Reed and give Miami a 2-1 advantage.
The score remained that way until the bottom of the fifth, when an error followed by a home run allowed Harvard to score four runs and take a 5-2 lead. The Crimson would tack on two more in the bottom of the sixth to finish off the 7-2 victory.
Ledbetter finished the nightcap 1-for-3 with one RBI. Edwards and Jenna Modic also recorded hits for Miami.
Miami returns to action on Tuesday, March 26 when it opens the home schedule with a doubleheader against Morehead State. The first game will begin at 2 p.m., and both games will be available via Miami All-Access.