AKRON, Ohio—Sweeping a doubleheader of Friday afternoon, the Miami University softball team opened Mid-American Conference play on a strong note as the RedHawks collected a 9-2 win in the first game and a 4-3, nine-inning triumph in the nightcap against Kent State University.
With the wins, Miami moves to 13-15 on the season and 2-0 in MAC play. The Golden Flashes drop to 14-14 overall and 0-2 in MAC play.
Game One—Miami 9, Kent State 2
Miami captured its MAC opener against the Golden Flashes by a 9-2 decision. The RedHawks scored two runs in both the first and second innings. With two outs in the top of the first, senior first baseman Allie Larrabee hammered a two-RBI double to left centerfield to plate senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter and sophomore right fielder Taylor Shuey to quickly get the RedHawks on the board.
With the RedHawks holding 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the third inning, the Golden Flashes put their two runs on the board to cut their deficit to two runs. Miami increased its lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as Ledbetter hit an RBI single to right field and junior left fielder Bree Lipscomb belted a two-RBI double through the right side to push the Miami lead to 7-2.
The RedHawks tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh inning when junior third baseman Remy Edwards blasted a two-run home run over the left field fence to give the Red and White a 9-2 cushion. The Golden Flashes put two runners on base to start the bottom of the seventh inning, but Miami recorded three straight outs to ice the game.
Three RedHawks posted multiple-hit outings in the opening game with Edwards and senior second baseman Kristy Arbour each going an impressive 3-for-3 from the plate. Edwards also had two RBI and two runs, while Arbor tallied one RBI and one run.
Senior pitcher Paige Myers went 5.0 innings, giving up two runs off four hits, while walking three and striking out two. Junior pitcher Megan Mattera came in to throw 2.0 innings and gave up just one hit while striking out two.
Game Two—Miami 4, Kent State 3 (9 Innings)
Much like the first game, Miami opened up the scoring early. Arbour got on base off a single to left field and moved to second on a passed ball. Lipscomb hit a single to right field that plated Arbour as the RedHawks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
Kent State, however, came back to knot the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the second when Lauren Kesterson scored off a ArielePatterson RBI single to center field.
Miami surged ahead with a two-run fifth inning. With runners on second and third and two outs, Edwards singled to plate Lipscomb, and a throwing error on the play allowed Larrabee to also cross home to give Miami a 3-1 edge. The Golden Flashes came back with two runs in the bottom of the third inning to again tie the game. A two-RBI single put the teams even at three runs apiece.
Neither team scored in the seventh inning, sending the second game to extra innings. Miami plated a run off a Larabee sacrifice fly that scored Shuey in the top of the ninth inning to break the deadlock. The Golden Flashes tried to again tie the game, but a heads up play to home in the second at-bat for KSU in bottom of the ninth got the lead runner out. A pop up and a strikeout by the next two KSU batters secured the game for the RedHawks.
As a team, Miami amassed 13 hits over nine innings against the Golden Flashes. Arbour again had a three-hit game for the Red and White, going 3-for-5 from the plate to lead the RedHawks. Sophomore Amber Logemann pitched 6.0 innings for Miami, giving up three runs—two earned—on five hits and striking out eight. Mattera came in to pitch the final 3.0 innings and gave up two hits while striking out two.
The doubleheader was moved to the University of Akron fields due to poor field conditions at Kent State. The RedHawks weekend series at Buffalo also was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions. Miami begins a six-game home swing when the RedHawks host Northern Kentucky in a 5 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday, April 2.