Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communication Departments
OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University softball team used some late game heroics to sweep a doubleheader over Butler on Tuesday. The RedHawks won the first game, 5-4, in eight innings. They then took the nightcap, 6-2. It was Miami’s first contests at home after playing its first 26 games away from Oxford. The ‘Hawks improve to 9-19 on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 10-17.
Miami struck first in the opener with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Allie Larrabee reached on a throwing error by the Butler shortstop. After the Bulldogs recorded two outs, Kylie McChesney bunted for a base hit, moving Larrabee to second. Bree Lipscomb followed with a double to deep left center, which allowed both Larrabee and McChesney to score and make it 2-0.
Butler scored two runs in the top of the third and one run in the top of the fourth off starter Paige Myers to take a 3-2 lead. Megan Mattera would come in to relieve her, and would keep the Bulldogs off the board for the next three innings. The RedHawks tied the score at three apiece in the bottom of the fifth when Kayla Ledbetter doubled to right center to score Taylor Shuey.
For the seventh time this season, Miami found itself playing in extra innings. The teams used the international tiebreaker rule in the eighth inning. Butler was able to score its placed runner in the top half of the frame to take a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, Shuey was placed on second base to start. Tiyona Marshall sacrifice bunted her over to third. A lineout by Ledbetter was the second out of the inning. Larrabee walked and was replaced by pinch runner Shanyn McIntyre. Down to her last strike, Hailey Reed lined a shot that the Bulldog right fielder was unable to glove, allowing Shuey to score. She mishandled the ball, which allowed McIntyre to come home all the way from first base, giving Miami the come-from-behind, 5-4, win.
Reed finished the opener 2-for-4 with 1 RBI. Shuey was 1-for-4 with two runs scored.
With one out in the top of the third of the scoreless nightcap, Brandi Hernandez singled to third base. Shuey then put down a perfect bunt to move her over to second. A sacrifice bunt by Kristy Arbour would advance both runners. Ledbetter followed with a single to left field, scoring both Hernandez and Shuey and giving the ‘Hawks an early 2-0 lead.
Jenna Modic had a strong start, allowing only single runs in the third and fourth innings, before being relieved by Mattera in the top of the fifth. She gave up four hits and struck out two.
With the score still tied at two in the bottom of the sixth and one out, Reed singled to right field. After a strikeout, Remy Edwards drew a walk and Hernandez hit an infield single to load the bases. Shuey then slammed a shot to left center to score all three runners and give Miami a 5-2 advantage. Arbour tacked on one more insurance run with an infield single that brought Shuey home.
That would be all Mattera needed as she retired Butler in order in the top of the seventh to finish off the victory. Mattera allowed only one hit in three innings while earning her second victory of the night. For the day she gave up zero earned runs on four hits in 7.2 innings pitched.
Shuey was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in the nightcap. Ledbetter was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Hernandez was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
Miami returns to action on Friday when it hosts Western Michigan for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Both games can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
Detroit, Mich. – The Bowling Green State University softball team swept a doubleheader with Detroit- Mercy Tuesday evening, defeating the Titans by a score of 12-3 in game one and 9-1 in game two. The non-conference sweep improves the Falcons’ overall record to 15-11, and increases Bowling Green’s winning streak to three games.
Senior Paige Berger stole the show for the Falcons in game one, going 2-for-4 with two home runs and two RBI. Berger’s two home runs pushed her career total to 33, breaking the Bowling Green all-time home run record, originally held by Hayley Wiemer. Fellow senior Adrienne Dick also belted two home runs, going 2-for-5 with a team-best four RBI. Senior Hannah Fulk also hit a home run in game one, while junior Katie Yoho led Bowling Green with three hits. Bowling Green’s five home runs marked the most in a game since April 27, 2012, when the Falcons hit six against Northern Illinois in a 15-2 victory.
Sophomore Jamie Kertes (5-6) picked up the win after allowing just one earned run and striking out five in the first 5.0 innings of play. Freshman Braiden Dillow also saw action, striking out two while allowing two earned runs in the final 2.0 frames.
The Falcons started the game on fire, belting three solo home runs in the top of the first inning. Fulk hit her third of the season in the first at bat of the contest, followed by a homer to center field from Berger for the 2-0 lead. Dick capped the inning with her first home run of the season, sending a shot to center field to build on the Falcon advantage.
Bowling Green continued to add to the lead in the top of the third, putting up three more runs on three Falcon hits. Berger started the frame with her record-breaking solo homer, before Dick followed with two-run shot for her second home run of the day.
While the Titans were able to cut into the Falcon lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth, Bowling Green answered right back with three-runs in the top of the sixth. A double with two runners on from Yoho brought home the first Falcon run of the frame, while an RBI groundout from Dick in the following at bat brought home the second. An error allowed the third Falcon to cross home in the inning, pushing Bowling Green’s lead to 9-1.
The Falcons continued to pour on the offense in the final frame, adding three final runs on two hits to push the Bowling Green run total to 12. The Titans would add two runs over the final two innings, but Bowling Green’s bats proved to be too powerful, giving the Falcons a 12-3 win in game one.
Berger once again had a strong performance in game two, hitting her third home run of the day in a 2-for-3 performance. Sophomore Emily McClelland went 2-for-3 in the contest, hitting her first career home run in the victory. In total the Falcons collected seven extra-base hits, including doubles from Fulk, Dick and freshman Marisa Shook. Junior Erika Stratton recorded a double and a triple, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Sophomore Paris Imholz (10-4) earned the complete game victory, giving up just one earned run and striking out four.
The Falcons scored in six of the seven innings in game two, doing the most damage in the top of the second with a four-run frame. Stratton started the inning with a triple to right field, eventually coming home in the next at bat thanks to a fielding error. With two outs and two runners on, Berger belted her first home run of game and third of the afternoon to give the Falcons a 5-0 lead.
The Titans would add a run in the bottom of the fifth, but consecutive Falcon runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh inning added up to a 9-1 game-two Bowling Green victory.
The Falcons are back in action on Friday, April 5 in a doubleheader against Akron at Meserve Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.