Feb. 21, 2010
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Finally getting the chance to play after having all of their games snowed out last weekend, the Miami RedHawks received two strong pitching performances but were unable to come away with a victory in a doubleheader against Samford Sunday. Miami dropped the first game 2-1, and lost the second game by a 4-1 score.
The first inning of the season started off well for the RedHawks as Kathryn Russette led off with a single to shortstop. After Alicia Hogl being hit by the pitch moved her to second, Russette scored on an error by the second baseman. The Bulldogs answered the run with an unearned run in the bottom of the inning.
The game settled into a pitcher’s dual as Jessica Simpson allowed only four hits in the game and walked no one. Miami got another threat in the top of the seventh when Katie Osburn reached on an error and Taylor Rice was hit by a pitch, but the RedHawks were unable to get the go-ahead run across. Samford won the game in the bottom of the seventh when Alex Adams hit a home run.
Game two was also a pitcher’s dual as neither team scored through the first three and a half innings. The Bulldogs finally broke through with four runs in the bottom of the fourth off starter Meredith Linch and reliever Shalise Lugo.
In the top of the fifth, Russette and Jordan McElroy began with back-to-back singles. The next batter, Meghan Mawn, reached on a fielder’s choice. During the play an error was committed that allowed Russette to score. The RedHawks eventually loaded the bases after a Shannon Tillett single, but were unable to score again. Samford kept Miami off the board in the final two frames to come away with the victory.
Tillett and Rice both had strong games in the nightcap for the RedHawks, each going 2-for-3. Russette was 1-for-3 with one run scored. Lugo finished with 2 and one third innings pitched, giving up two hits and no earned runs while striking out four.
Miami returns to action next weekend at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Ten. The RedHawks will play two games on Fri. Feb. 26, starting with Rutgers at 10 a.m. and Tennessee Tech at 3 p.m.