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Miami softball sweeps Toledo in a four-game series

<p>Senior infielder Mackenzie Moore slides into home plate during an April 20 doubleheader vs. Ball State.</p>

Senior infielder Mackenzie Moore slides into home plate during an April 20 doubleheader vs. Ball State.

Miami softball dominated this past weekend against the University of Toledo with three straight shutouts and a big win. 

The RedHawks started out with a doubleheader on Friday and won both games, 9-0 and 8-0 respectively. 

In Saturday’s game, Miami won big, 14-0 and had another big win, 12-3, on Sunday.

Shutout no. 1 for game 1

The RedHawks claimed an early lead in the first inning of Friday’s first game.

Right fielder Karlee Juarez walked, first baseman Holly Blaska doubled and catcher Allie Cummins reached first base on an error by Toledo’s third baseman. 

Second baseman Maclai Branson and third baseman Mackenzie Moore both hit two-run singles to put Miami in the lead, 4-0.

Moore extended the RedHawks’ lead with a solo homer in the third inning, and Branson put one more run on the scoreboard in the fourth inning with an RBI single. 

Miami got three more runs in the sixth inning. Blaska walked, and Cummins singled. Then, Branson, Moore and left fielder Lily Wilmot hit RBI doubles to lead the RedHawks to victory. 

Miami shuts out again to take game 2

The RedHawks’ success didn’t stop for the second game of Friday’s doubleheader. 

In the first inning, Juarez singled, Blaska doubled, and Cummins hit an RBI single. Branson hit an RBI single as well, but was called out at second. Moore added onto the RBI single streak and Miami was up, 3-0, by the end of the inning. 

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The ’Hawks added four more runs in the second inning. Catcher Riley Coyne doubled, and center fielder Morgan Lott singled. Juarez reached on a fielder’s choice to get Coyne out at third. 

Blaska walked, and Cummins hit a grand slam to clear the bases.

Miami extended its lead by a run with a solo homer from Juarez in the fourth inning.

Another big win for the ‘Hawks

Pitcher Courtney Viestra led Miami to a 14-0 win on Saturday, as the ‘Hawks scored runs in every inning except for the second.

Miami scored eight of its 14 runs in the first inning. Blaska tripled, and Cummins hit an RBI single. Branson was hit by a pitch, and Moore hit a two-run triple. Wilmot hit an RBI double and later scored on an error by the Rockets’ right fielder. 

Lott singled, and Juarez reached first base while a run was scored on an error by Toledo’s shortstop. Blaska hit a two-run double shortly after.

In the third inning, Wilmot singled and Coyne hit a two-run blast to extend the RedHawks’ lead to 10-0. And Miami earned two more runs in the fourth inning with a walk from Branson and a two-run home run from Moore.

The ‘Hawks extended their lead further in the fifth inning. Lott singled, Blaska walked, and Cummins grounded out to advance the runner. Lott and Blaska later scored on an error by the Rockets’ right fielder. 

Miami sweeps Toledo

The RedHawks got another big win in Sunday’s series closer. 

In the first inning, Juarez singled on a bunt and stole second. Moore hit an RBI double to bring Juarez home. But Toledo scored a run in the first on a couple of singles, and an opportunity to score on a throwing error by shortstop Adriana Barlow.

Miami fought back and took the lead again in the second inning. Coyne singled, and Juarez reached on an error by Toledo’s pitcher. Blaska then hit an RBI single. Cummins walked to load the bases, and Branson was hit by a pitch to bring a runner in. Then, Barlow hit an RBI single. 

The ’Hawks extended their lead to 7-1 in the third inning. Coyne doubled, and Juarez hit an RBI single. Cummins walked to load the bases again, and Moore hit a two-run double. 

Miami scored five runs in the fifth inning. Cummins doubled and advanced to third base on a passed ball. Moore walked, and Branson reached on a fielder’s choice to get Cummins out at home. Barlow hit an RBI single, and Coyne hit a two-run double shortly after. 

Lott was hit by a pitch, and pinch runner Julia Kennedy singled to load the bases. Blaska then hit a two-run single. 

The Rockets scored two runs in the fifth thanks to a throwing error by Moore and a sac fly, but the RedHawks won the game, 14-3.

Miami takes on Ball State University in a doubleheader on Wednesday, before facing Bowling Green in a four-game weekend series. 

The doubleheader with the Cardinals starts at 2 p.m., and the four-game series against the Falcons starts at 3 p.m. Friday, April 30. 

@lilyfreiberg

freibell@miamioh.edu

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