April 15, 2007
TOLEDO, Ohio - Pounding out a season-high 15 hits and pushing across a season-best 12 runs, the Miami University softball team (16-31-1; 6-6 MAC) completed a two-game sweep of the Toledo Rockets (6-24; 2-8 MAC) with a 12-8 win Sunday afternoon at Scott Park. On a blustery day in Northwest Ohio, six different RedHawks finished with multi-hit games, and freshman Sarah Billstrom, junior Halle Popson and junior Christine Bills each notched three hits apiece.
In an offensive-minded contest where the two teams combined for 30 hits and 20 runs, Miami seized control of the game with a seven-run fourth inning. The RedHawks sent 13 batters to the plate in the fourth, with five different players collecting RBIs in the inning. The big inning broke open a 3-3 game, with Miami tacking on single insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Toledo took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning off a RBI single from Leslie Stong, but three Miami runs in the top of the third staked the RedHawks to a 3-1 advantage. Three straight singles from sophomore Alexis Javier, Popson and freshman Alicia Hogl pushed across Miami's first run, with Hogl's RBI single knotting the game at 1-1. After senior Leslie Macedo was hit by a pitch, Bills stroked a two-RBI single to centerfield, plating both Popson and Hogl.
The Rockets responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third as they tied the game at 3-3, but Miami's seven-run fourth inning gave the RedHawks a 10-3 lead they would not relinquish. Javier drove in a pair of runs in the frame with a RBI single and a run-scoring walk, and Miami also received RBI hits from Hogl (RBI single), junior Breanna Robinson (sacrifice fly), Bills (squeeze bunt) and Billstrom (RBI single). Billstrom also had multi-hit inning, finishing with two singles in the fourth.
A pair of Toledo runs in the bottom of the fourth made it 10-5, but Miami added a single run in the top of the sixth on a Toledo throwing error. After Billstrom singled with two outs and stole second, junior Natalie Savona dribbled an infield single in between shortstop and third. The Toledo shortstop attempted to cut down Savona at first, but her throw was wild and allowed Billstrom to race home from third.
Toledo added a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth and had a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, but Miami pushed across another unearned run in the seventh to account for the final margin of victory.
Freshman Shalise Lugo (5-5) picked up the win in relief, tossing 2.2 innings and striking out two.
Three RedHawks had multi-RBI games, as Bills drove in a team-best three runs and Hogl and Javier each had a pair of RBIs.
Miami plays local rival Wright State Tuesday in a non-conference doubleheader, with first pitch slated for 2 p.m.