OXFORD, Ohio – With its back against the wall, the Miami University softball team knew it needed three straight wins to have a chance to make the 2014 Mid-American Conference Tournament. The RedHawks completed the feat with a 3-0 victory over Central Michigan on Sunday. Miami finishes the regular season 22-26 overall and 9-11 in the MAC.
With the win, the RedHawks are the eighth seed in this week’s double elimination MAC Tournament. The tournament gets underway on Wednesday when Miami takes on regular season champion and top seed Ball State at 1:30 p.m. The MAC Tournament takes place at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio and a complete bracket can be found here.
On Senior Day, the ‘Hawks five seniors each played a big part in leading the team to victory. Senior pitcher Paige Myers started and kept CMU off the board during the first two innings. She allowed two hits and struck out three. Sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann came in beginning in the third and continued the effort, shutting out the Chippewas over the next five innings. She also allowed only two hits and struck out three. Central Michigan did not have a single runner reach third base on Sunday.
With the game still scoreless, Miami struck first in the bottom of the fourth. After the Chippewas recorded two quick outs, junior shortstop Kylie McChesney singled to left field. Junior third baseman Remy Edwards singled to centerfield to advance her to second. Junior outfielder Tiyona Marshall hit a bloop single over the shortstop’s glove and into left field that allowed McChesney to score and give the RedHawks a 1-0 lead.
Senior second baseman Kristy Arbour led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to left. After an out was recorded, a single by sophomore designated player Jenna Modic moved Arbour to second. A single from junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb loaded the bases. Senior first baseman Allie Larrabee followed with a fly ball to centerfield that was deep enough to allow Arbour to score on the sacrifice.
In the bottom of the sixth, Miami was able to plate one more insurance run when senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter singled to left center to score sophomore outfielder Taylor Shuey. Logemann retired CMU in order in the top of the seventh to secure the 3-0 victory.
Arbour finished the game 2-for-4 with one run scored. Larrabee and Marshall were each 1-for-2 with one RBI.