OXFORD, Ohio – Junior shortstop Kylie McChesney blasted the first pitch she saw over the left field wall in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Miami University softball team a dramatic, 5-4, victory over Northern Illinois on Sunday. The walk-off win improves the RedHawks record to 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference and 12-20 overall. The Huskies fall to 1-5 in the MAC and 11-22 overall.
Miami struck first with a run in the bottom of the first. Taylor Shuey led off with a single to left field. Tiyona Marshall reached on a fielder’s choice bunt back to the pitcher. Shuey was safe at second when the pitcher threw it away. Hailey Reed followed with another bunt, and this time the third baseman threw it away, allowing Shuey to score.
Nicole Gremillion hit a three-run home run off starter Megan Mattera to give Northern Illinois a 3-1 lead in the top of the third. Paige Myers came into the game in relief and held the Huskies scoreless for the next three innings.
In the bottom of the sixth, Kayla Ledbetter reached on an error by the shortstop. After a strikeout, McChesney singled to center field, moving Ledbetter up to second base. With two outs, Bree Lipscomb hit an infield single to shortstop, loading the bases. Shanyn McIntyre came up in a pinch-hit role and promptly delivered, singling to left field to score McChesney and Ledbetter and tie the game at three. Shuey followed with a single up the middle to score Lipscomb and put the ‘Hawks in front, 4-3.
In the top of the seventh, Ashley Kopp hit a solo home run off of Myers to tie the score at four and send the game into extra innings. The Huskies led off the top of the eighth with a single followed by a double, putting runners at second and third with no one out. Myers refocused and recorded a lineout, a strikeout and a groundout to keep NIU off the board. That set the stage for the bottom of the inning, when McChesney sent the fans home happy with her first home run of the season.
McChesney finished the game 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Shuey was 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Myers earned the victory, giving up one run on five hits in 5.1 innings. She struck out seven.
Miami returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Morehead State for a doubleheader that begins at 3 p.m. Both games can be seen live on Miami All-Access.