ATHENS, Ohio – It was a pitcher’s duel in the opener and an offensive slugfest in the nightcap, but the end result was two victories for the Miami University softball team in its doubleheader with Ohio on Friday. The RedHawks won the first game, 1-0, off freshman Jenna Modic’s first career shutout and took an 11-5 victory in the second game thanks in part to a home run and four RBI from Modic. The Red and White improve to 8-2 in the Mid-American Conference and 14-22 overall. The Bobcats fall to 4-6 in the MAC and 19-18 overall.
In the first game, Miami scored its lone run in the top of the third inning. Tiyona Marshall led off with a single through the left side. With one out, Shanyn McIntyre’s sacrifice bunt advanced her to second base. Modic then doubled to center field to bring Marshall home and make it 1-0 in favor of the ‘Hawks.
Modic’s RBI was all she needed as she proceeded to shut down the high-powered Bobcat offense over seven innings. Ohio loaded the bases in the bottom of the first with only one out, but Modic forced a groundball double play to end the threat. The Bobcats got only one other runner to third base the rest of the game. Modic allowed six hits and struck out four.
At the plate, Modic finished 1-for-3 with one RBI. Allie Larrabee was 2-for-3 in the opener.
A pair of home runs put Miami on the board in the top of the second of the nightcap. With one out, Kylie McChesney hit a shot to right center to give the ‘Hawks a 1-0 lead. After Remy Edwards drew a walk, Kristy Arbour followed with her first career home run; a two-run shot that made it 3-0.
With two outs in the top of the fourth, Tiyona Marshall singled through the right side. Hailey Reed walked to move Marshall up to second. Modic brought them all home with her first career home run, a three-run bomb over the right field wall that put Miami in front, 6-0.
The Bobcats cut the deficit to three at 6-3 off a pair of home runs in the bottom of the fourth.
In the top of the fifth, the RedHawks exploded for five more runs to break the contest open. Edwards led off with a walk, while Arbour followed with an infield single. Another infield single by Brandi Hernandez loaded the bases with no one out. Taylor Shuey drew a walk to force home a run. Two batters later, a single by Hailey Reed brought home both Shuey and Hernandez. A fielder’s choice by Modic scored Marshall, while a sacrifice fly from Larrabee allowed Reed to come home and make it 11-3.
That proved to be more than enough as the Bobcats scored single runs in the fifth and sixth, but could get no closer as Miami took the nightcap, 11-5.
Modic finished the second game 2-for-5 with four RBI and one run scored. She had a total of five RBI and 8.2 innings pitched in the doubleheader. Shuey and McChesney each finished 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Arbour was 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored, while Marshall was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
Miami returns to action on Saturday when it heads to Akron for a 2 p.m. contest.