After a bit of a rocky start to the season, the Miami women’s softball team seems to be making a comeback.
On Wednesday night, the team pulled out a 7-5 victory over No. 8 Kentucky. The RedHawks were previously 6-10.
The ’Hawks started out strong. In the first inning, a pair of RBIs from sophomore outfielder Karlee Juarez and freshman infielder Maggie Murphy put them up 2-0. The second inning brought a hit from junior infielder Allie Cummins, sending two of her teammates across the plate. Sophomore outfielder Kate Kobayashi also picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
Senior pitcher Courntey Vierstra allowed no hits through the first two innings.
With the scoreboard showing Miami up 5-0, the Wildcats came out ready to fight. In the next two innings, they would score five runs of their own, including a grand slam from starting pitcher Miranda Stoddard.
The game was tied up at five going into the fifth inning.
Junior Brianna Pratt came in to relieve Vierstra. Neither team was able to put up a single run in the fifth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, sophomore infielder Holly Blaska sent the ball flying over the left field fence for her first home run of the season. Blaska’s hit sent sophomore outfielder Logan Mueller and herself across the plate, putting the ’Hawks back in the lead 7-5.
Pratt struckout the first two batters to the plate in the 7th inning, and senior outfielder Lily Wilmot caught the blast from the third to end the game.
The ’Hawks are now 7-10 for the season with a three-game winning streak. They will begin MAC play this weekend against Kent State.
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