April 27, 2008
OXFORD - Miami sent its senior class off in winning fashion on Sunday, as the RedHawks closed out the home portion of their schedule with a 9-2 victory over the Eagles of Eastern Michigan. All five seniors had a hit for the Red and White in the contest.
By driving in a run in the sixth inning, senior outfielder Breanna Robinson set Miami's single-season record for runs batted in with 38 this year. She also ranks fourth on the all-time list for most RBI with 74 for her career.
Seeing action in the circle for the third straight game was sophomore pitcher Meredith Linch, who allowed just two runs on four hits, while striking out eight batters, for her 13th win of the season. With the victory, Linch tied her career-high for wins in a season.
Sophomore Alicia Hogl drove in two runs during the team's four-run outburst in the first inning, helping to solidify the series split with EMU. With 21 runs batted in this season, Hogl ranks third on the team in the category.
Eastern Michigan opened the afternoon's scoring on the first pitch of the game, when outfielder Jenny Scherer put a ball over the left field wall for her 10th home run of the year.
EMU pulled the score to within two runs in the top of the fourth inning, as Ashley Strauss scored from third base on a sacrifice fly to centerfield off the bat of Stacie Skodinski.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, Billstrom blew the game wide open in with a double that nearly cleared the wall in straight away centerfield, sending all three base runners home, extending the RedHawks lead to 8-2.
One batter later, Robinson clubbed a double to centerfield, driving in Billstrom from second to set Miami's single-season record for RBI with 38.
The Eagles went quietly in the seventh inning, as Linch set down the side in order, clinching the 9-2 victory for the RedHawks
Miami travels to DeKalb, Ill. and Kalamazoo, Mich. next weekend to close out the 2008 regular season. The doubleheader with NIU is Friday, with game times set for 1 and 3 p.m. The RedHawks then play the Broncos of Western Michigan at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.