MUNCIE, Ind. – The Miami University softball team fell to Ball State, 9-1, in its series finale on Sunday. The game ended in five innings due to the run rule. The RedHawks are now 18-25 overall and 6-10 in the Mid-American Conference. The Cardinals are 29-16 overall and 9-3 in the MAC.
Ball State’s high-powered offense used three home runs to provide the majority of its offense on Sunday. A grand slam home run in the bottom of the third broke the contest open, while a three-run home run followed by a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth set up the run rule.
Miami scored its run in the top of the fourth inning. Senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter led off with a walk. A sacrifice bunt by senior second baseman Kristy Arbour moved her up to second base. A single to center field by sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey moved Ledbetter up to third, while a sacrifice fly by junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb scored her.
The final week of the regular season is upon Miami. The RedHawks return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Butler for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Miami hosts Eastern Michigan on Friday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The RedHawks then face Central Michigan in single games on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday’s game will be Senior Day, with Ledbetter, Arbour, Paige Myers, Brandi Hernandez and Allie Larrabee honored in a pregame ceremony.