March 11, 2007
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - With its offense stymied by New Mexico State starting pitcher Kim Watson, the Miami University softball team (7-12; 0-0 MAC) fell to the Aggies, 3-0, in its final game at the Eller Media Stadium Classic. Despite a solid outing from freshman pitcher Shalise Lugo in her collegiate debut, the RedHawks managed only four hits and were undone by a pair of fourth inning errors.
Senior Leslie Macedo, juniors Breanna Robinson and Christine Bills and freshman Alicia Hogl each notched hits for Miami, but the RedHawks managed to put only two runners in scoring position in seven innings. Lugo allowed only one earned run in 4.0 innings as she rebounded from a shaky first inning in the circle, while freshman Alex Vikartofsky tossed a pair of scoreless innings in relief.
New Mexico State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as it plated a run in the bottom of the first inning. The first four batters of the game reached base on three walks and a RBI bunt single, but Stacey Lien lined into a double play with the bases loaded and Kristi Hanan popped out to end the threat.
Two costly errors in the bottom of the fourth inning let in a pair of New Mexico State runs, as the Aggies increased their lead to 3-0. A dropped flyball with two outs extended what should have been a 1-2-3 inning, and after a five-pitch walk, Stephanie Hererra dropped down an infield single. Miami rushed a throw to try and gun down the speedy Herrera at first, and the ball ended up in rightfield, allowing both runners to come around and score.
New Mexico State threatened to place Miami in a bigger hole as they put runners on base in both the fifth and sixth innings, but Vikartofsky worked out of jams in both innings. A 5-4-3 double play erased a leadoff single in the fifth, while Vikartofksy stranded a pair of runners in the sixth after inducing a foul out and a groundout with runners on first and second and one out.
Robinson singled to open the seventh inning as Miami tried to mount another late-inning rally, but Watson retired the next three batters in order to end the game.
Miami continues its 12-day, 13-game spring break trip Tuesday when it travels to Loyola Marymount for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.