CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Miami University softball team dropped a pair of games to complete play at the Coach B Classic on Sunday. The RedHawks fell to Kansas, 5-2, in the opener. They then dropped a 10-3 decision to Southern Illinois in the nightcap. Miami is now 4-8 on the season.
The RedHawks struck in the first inning in their opener against Kansas. Sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey led off the game with a single up the middle. Senior second baseman Kristy Arbour moved her up to second base with a sacrifice bunt. After another out was recorded, sophomore designated player Jenna Modic blasts a shot over the left field wall to give Miami a 2-0 lead.
The lead was short lived as the Jayhawks answered with three runs in the bottom of the first. Modic came into the game in to pitch in relief in the bottom of the first and was solid, allowing only one earned run on five hits. However, Kansas was able to score single runs in the third and fifth innings, while Miami was unable to put another run across the board.
Modic finished the game 1-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Arbour was 2-for-2 on the day.
The nightcap saw Southern Illinois score a run in the top of the second and three more in the top of the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. Saluki pitcher Shaye Harre kept the RedHawks without a hit until the bottom of the fourth inning.
Miami got its offense going in the fourth. Arbour and senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter each drew walks and then stole a base. A walk to Modic loaded the bases with no one out. One batter later, a sacrifice fly by sophomore third baseman Hailey Reed brought home Arbour and made it 4-1. Junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb followed with a double that scored Ledbetter and Modic and cut the deficit to one at 4-3.
SIU responded with three runs in the top of the fifth to regain a four-run cushion. The Salukis scored two in the sixth and one more in the seventh to put the game away.
Lipscomb finished the nightcap 1-for-3 with two RBI. Shuey and junior outfielder Tiyona Marshall also recorded hits for Miami.
The RedHawks open home play next Saturday when they host Austin Peay for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.