Run-Rule Victory Helps Miami Earn Doubleheader Split With Western Michigan
April 8, 2007
OXFORD, Ohio - Waking up its bats in the second game of a doubleheader, the Miami University softball team (14-27-1; 4-4 MAC) earned a doubleheader split with the Western Michigan Broncos (12-12; 4-4 MAC) Sunday afternoon at Miami Softball Field. After managing only four hits and falling to the Broncos, 4-2, in the twinbill's opening game, the RedHawks bounced back with an 8-0 run-rule win in the nightcap, sparked by a career-best four-RBI day from junior Kimberly Williams.
GAME 1 - WMU 4, Miami 2
Despite a complete-game effort from freshman starting pitcher Meredith Linch, Miami dropped game one of Sunday's doubleheader, 4-2, to Western Michigan. Linch allowed only one earned run and struck out seven in 7.0 innings, but she was outdone by Broncos' starter Kyla Sullivan, who retired 18 straight batters to close the game and did not allow a hit after the second inning.
Western Michigan struck first in the top of the first as a pair of one-out walks and a RBI single from Amanda Heckaman staked the Broncos to a 1-0 lead. Linch wiggled out of further trouble after loading the bases with one out, as she struck out Becky Bartosz and induced a flyout from Lauren Fuller to strand three base runners.
Miami took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first as the RedHawks pushed across a pair of two-out runs. Junior Christine Bills started the rally with a one-out double off the base of the wall in centerfield, and after a groundout and an infield single, freshman Briana Burke drove in Bills with a sharp groundball through the right side. A full-count walk to freshman Alicia Hogl loaded the bases, and freshman Sarah Billstrom followed with another full-count walk, which forced in junior Breanna Robinson from third.
After loading the bases again in the top of the second, the Broncos regained the lead at 4-2 after pushing across three unearned runs. A one-out fielding error gave Western Michigan an extra out to work with, and a RBI groundout from Kristi Strange and a pair of two-out walks to Bartosz and Fuller staked the Broncos to a two-run advantage.
The two teams played scoreless softball for the game's final five innings, as Miami could never build any momentum against Sullivan. She retired 18 straight batters after junior Halle Popson's second-inning single to earn her seventh win of the season.
GAME 2 - Miami 8, WMU 0 (Five Innings)
Junior Kimberly Williams drove in a career-high four runs and freshman Shalise Lugo tossed a complete-game one-hitter as Miami earned a doubleheader split by downing Western Michigan, 8-0, in a five-inning game shortened by the eight-run rule. Williams finished 2-for-2 with a three-run home run and a RBI double, while Lugo (4-4) struck out six and allowed only a fourth-inning single in her fourth win of the year.
Williams put Miami in front, 3-0, in the bottom of the first as she clubbed a two-out, three-run home run. Williams drove the 0-1 offering from Western Michigan's Megan Thomas deep over the fence in left centerfield for her third home run and 10th RBI of the season. Williams' long ball scored Bills, who reached on a fielder's choice and senior Leslie Macedo, who singled up the middle with two outs.
A five-run fifth inning propelled the RedHawks to an eight-run victory, as three straight one-out RBI hits help Miami post its first run-rule victory since March 17. After Miami loaded the bases with one out, Bills cleared the bases with a three-RBI double to rightcenterfield, putting Miami in front, 6-0. Macedo followed by lacing a double down the leftfield line and just out of the reach of a diving Kristi Strange in leftfield, which brought Bills around from second. Williams then ended the game by driving in her career-best fourth RBI of the game on walkoff double to leftfield.
After issuing a walk to start the game, Lugo retired 15 of the final 17 batters she faced. A third-inning fielding error and a fourth-inning single accounted for the Broncos only base runners after the first inning.
Bills (three RBIs) and Williams (four RBIs) combined to drive in seven of Miami's eight runs, with Macedo adding the RedHawks' other RBI.
Miami wraps up an eight-game homestand Tuesday when it hosts Purdue in a midweek doubleheader. First pitch with the RedHawks and Boilermakers is slated for 5 p.m., with all the action available on GAMETRACKER.