April 14, 2006
OXFORD, Ohio - Unable to capture the momentum after its 10-run, nine-hit performance in the first game of its Friday doubleheader, the Miami University softball team (15-27; 2-8 MAC) managed only two hits and dropped game two of its twinbill to Toledo, 5-1. A third-inning solo home run from sophomore Breanna Robinson (Toledo, Ohio) provided Miami's lone run and gave Miami 28 home runs on the season, breaking the 2003 team record of 27.
Toledo loaded the bases in the top of the first but pushed only one run across, courtesy of a strange play in the outfield. With the bases full of Rockets, a line drive was hit to the leftfield and dropped for what should have been an error, but leftfielder Ashley Gartland (Tempe, Ariz.) recovered and gunned down the Toledo runner the runner at third, turning the play into a RBI fielder's choice.
The Rockets tacked on another run in the top of the third before Robinson cut the lead to 2-1 with her solo home run in the bottom of the third. Robinson led off the inning with a solo blast to right centerfield, a line-drive shot that put Miami within one run. Robinson's home run, however, would be the only hit Miami could muster the first time through the batting order.
Both offenses stalled after the third inning, with neither team able to push a run across until the Rockets plated a single run in the top of the sixth. Toledo tallied its run on an RBI single from Leslie Stong, but after loading the bases with two outs, Miami escaped further damage by inducing an inning-ending groundout, keeping the game at 3-1.
Miami put only two runners in scoring position after Robinson's third-inning home run and missed its golden opportunity in the bottom of the fifth. The RedHawks loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but they could not get the big hit. Senior Kristen Hays (Phoenix, Ariz.) stroked a one-out single to spark a possible comeback, and after Robinson walked, sophomore Jamie Arundel (Tonka Bay, Minn.) was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Miami followed with a groundout and a lineout to centerfield, ending the inning and leaving all three runners stranded.
Toledo added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh, pushing its lead to 6-1, before retiring Miami in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Robinson (1-for-2) and Hays (1-for-3) were the only RedHawks to manage hits, with Robinson tallying Miami's lone RBI.
Freshman Kelly Cabana (Irvine, Calif.) tossed her 11th consecutive complete game but was tagged with the loss (5-16). She allowed four earned runs in seven innings in the circle.
Miami resumes MAC play tomorrow when it welcomes Bowling Green to Miami Softball Field. The RedHawks and Falcons square off in a single game beginning at 2 p.m.