Photo by Angelo Gelfuso
By Jordan Rinard, Senior Staff Writer
After dropping four of five games in mid-April, the Miami University softball team has won five of its last six games to remain in second place in the Mid-American Conference.
This weekend, the RedHawks swept both the University of Akron (1-0, 3-2, both in 10 innings) and Ohio University (4-1, 10-1) on the road. It was the first time Miami (29-20, 12-6 MAC) went 4-0 in conference play since 2012.
"It was a great weekend for us," head coach Clarisa Crowell said. "We had to fight through a couple of 10-inning games against Akron. Our pitching and our defense kept us in the ballgames, and we put together some offense against Ohio. I'm proud of the way our kids competed, grinding out with Akron and the pitching between Amber [Logemann, junior pitcher] and [Zips junior pitcher Erin] Seiler."
After nine scoreless innings in the opening game, Miami broke the tie in the top of the tenth when senior shortstop Kylie McChesney scored on an Akron error.
Logemann nailed down her 22nd win of the season in the bottom of the inning with two groundouts and her 12th strikeout of the game.
The 'Hawks had eight hits on the day but also stranded eight, including two runners in scoring position.
The Zips broke the scoreless tie in the fourth inning of the second game with a home run and an unearned run, but Miami knotted it up at 2-2 with RBIs from sophomore second baseman Eryn McCarver and senior first baseman Shanyn McIntyre.
The score held until the tenth when senior outfielder Tiyona Marshall scored on an error by the third baseman.
All four Miami pitchers saw time on the mound. Logemann closed the game in relief with two groundouts and a flyout and allowed two hits in six innings.
Marshall went 3-5 with two runs scored, while McCarver went 2-2 with an RBI, a walk and a run scored.
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"I was worried for Ohio since we finished late at Akron and Saturday's game was moved up [to 11 a.m.], but we were hungry and we had a winning mentality," Crowell said. "Sweeping Ohio on the road is tough to do, and it's a big series for us but we got production from other people. Remy [Edwards, senior third baseman/pitcher] had a nice offensive weekend and Kelsey [Fredericks, sophomore pitcher] was good on the mound. It was a total team effort. We're in a good spot and we like where we're at."
The Red and White reached a 3-0 lead over Ohio in the first game with a sac fly RBI from McCarver in the first and a two-run homer by McIntyre in the third.
The Bobcats got on the board in the bottom of the inning with an unearned run, but the RedHawks picked up another run in the sixth with a sac fly RBI from junior utility player Hailey Reed.
Marshall went 2-4 with a run scored, and junior designated player Tanya Busby went 2-3.
Logemann allowed two hits and no earned runs in another complete game effort.
Miami got on the board in the second game with a two-run shot by freshman designated player Kaitlyn Gliha in the second, but Ohio answered with a run of their own in the following inning. The score held at 2-1 until the last two innings when the 'Hawks reeled off eight runs.
McCarver went 3-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, McIntyre went 2-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, and Gliha went 2-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Junior outfielder Taylor Shuey added two RBIs and a run scored.
The trio of Fredericks, Edwards, and Logemann had a strong showing on the mound, holding the Bobcats hitless in six innings.
"It was a huge weekend for us. It's been a few years since we swept a weekend in the MAC," Logemann said. "If we play our game, we're an unstoppable team. If we can keep the pitching, defense, and hitting going, we can keep the winning going. Against Northern Kentucky on Tuesday, they're a team that we can play with and beat … I've done it before, and I just come out and do it for the team. This weekend, I kept on going and did what I needed to do and what I was asked to do, and the team supported me with some runs and defense."
The RedHawks continue their road stand as they take on Northern Kentucky University in a doubleheader. First pitch is 2 p.m. Tuesday.