OXFORD, Ohio – A seven-run second inning led the Miami University softball team to an important 7-5 victory over Buffalo on Saturday. The RedHawks improve to 12-9 in the Mid-American Conference and 19-31 overall. The Bulls fall to 15-32 overall and 5-14 in the MAC.
Miami got all the runs it needed in the bottom of the second inning. Jenna Modic led off with a double to left field. Kayla Ledbetter tripled to right field to score Modic and get the ‘Hawks on the board. A sacrifice fly from Shanyn McIntyre scored Ledbetter. Megan Mattera followed with her second home run of the season, which made it 3-0 and forced a Buffalo pitching change.
The new pitcher walked Kylie McChesney to start things off. Kristy Arbour moved her up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Taylor Shuey followed with a double to right center that scored McChesney and made it 4-0. After Tiyona Marshall walked, Buffalo would bring in its third pitcher of the inning. That did not help the Bulls as Hailey Reed would hit a line shot over the left field wall for a three-run home run that gave Miami a 7-0 lead.
Modic kept Buffalo off the board until they scored two runs in the top of the fourth. After the Bulls hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to three at 7-4, Mattera would come in to relieve her. Buffalo would load the bases and get one more run to make it 7-5, but Mattera induced a groundout to Arbour to end the threat.
In the top of the seventh, Anissa Pinedo led off with a double. After a fly out, pinch-hitter Nora McGuire hit a line shot towards Tiyona Marshall. Marshall caught it and doubled Pinedo off second base to give Miami the win.
Reed finished the game 1-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. Shuey, Ledbetter, McIntyre and Mattera also recorded RBI for the RedHawks.
Miami completes the regular season on Sunday when it takes on Buffalo at 1 p.m. Prior to the contest, Shannon Tillett will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony. The game will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.