The Miami University softball team picked up key wins in Mid-American Conference action as it split with both the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University. The ‘Hawks lost 9-2 and won 11-5 against the Rockets. They also had a 3-1 win and a 9-5 extra innings loss to the Falcons. The RedHawks (16-17, 4-2 MAC) are now in second place in the MAC East Division.
“It’s hard to beat conference teams two times in a row,” head coach Clarisa Crowell said. “We’re happy with where we’re at. We saw some great things with [sophomore pitcher Amber] Logemann fighting through back-to-back-to-back starts and our offense doing great things. We continued to fight… we just need to clean some things up and make plays. We’re learning some things. Every little thing matters in these games…”
In the opening game against the Rockets (12-21, 4-2 MAC), sophomore first baseman Jenna Modic drew first blood in the opening inning as she knocked a solo home run, but it was all Toledo from that point on as it got two runs in the second, four runs in the fourth and three runs in the seventh.
The ‘Hawks had some success in the batter’s box in the opener as senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter went 3 for 4, senior second baseman Kristy Arbour went 2 for 4 and Modic was 2 for 3 with a RBI. However, the RedHawks stranded nine runners. Senior pitcher Paige Myers struggled as she allowed three earned runs in three innings of work.
The ‘Hawks started fast in the second game as they scored all of their runs in the first three innings. The scoring started with Ledbetter picking up a RBI, Arbour stealing home, Modic getting an RBI double and then scoring on a fielding error and junior outfielder Taylor Shuey notching RBI single in the first inning. Ledbetter knocked a solo shot in the second before UT put two runs on the board in the second and three more in the fifth, but was not enough as the ‘Hawks scored five more runs in the third.
Ledbetter went 2 for 3 with three RBIs while junior left fielder Bree Lipscomb was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Logemann put together a quality start, allowing two earned runs while striking out 10 in 6 2-3 innings of work.
Logemann continued to dominate on the mound in the first game against Bowling Green (12-19, 3-3 MAC) by allowing one earned run on three hits with eight strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings. Miami scored all of its runs in the third inning as Modic recorded a two-run homer and Shuey knocked in an RBI-single. Modic went 1 for 3 with two RBIs while Shuey was 2 for 3 with her RBI.
In the second game against the Falcons, the RedHawks found themselves in a 5-0 hole after the top of the fifth, but chipped away at the lead in the bottom of the inning as Lipscomb hit a two-run home run and Modic hit a dinger in the next at-bat. After a Ledbetter RBI in the sixth, the home team knotted it up as Shuey drove in a runner in the seventh. BGSU hit two homers in the 10th and Miami’s offense was unable to muster another rally.
Logemann had an up-and-down game in her third straight start as she went 3 2-3 innings with three earned runs on four hits and two strikeouts, although she did keep the Falcons scoreless until the fourth. Modic went 3 for 5 with her fourth home run of the season.
“We fought hard and did what we could,” Logemann said. “You have to give some props to BG. We need to work harder… I fought hard [Sunday against the Falcons] but there were a few balls that just got away from me.”
The RedHawks hit the road this weekend for a doubleheader with Western Michigan University Friday and games against Northern Illinois University Saturday and Sunday.