May 2, 2010
DEKALB, Ill. – The Miami softball team opened up a 2-0 lead after two innings Sunday against Northern Illinois, but single runs in the next four innings gave the Huskies a 4-2 win. Miami falls to 25-22 overall and 10-8 in the Mid-American Conference. Northern Illinois improves to 22-30 overall and 10-8 in the MAC.
The RedHawks scored right off the bat in the top of the first inning. Daniela Torres started things off with a walk. A Jordan McElroy single move her over to second, while a Meghan Mawn groundout move her to third. Sarah Billstrom came up and hit a deep shot to left field that the fielder dropped, allowing Torres to score.
Miami made it 2-0 in the second by creating havoc on the basepaths. Shannon Tillett was hit by the pitch to begin the frame. She followed with a steal of second. Jenna McGivney sacrificed her over to third and on a Torres walk, an illegal pitch was thrown that brought Tillett home.
The Huskies were able to tie the score at two by scoring single runs in the third and fourth innings. They took the lead and chased starting pitcher Jessica Simpson in the bottom of the fifth with a leadoff double that eventually came around to score on a walk and a single. A run in the sixth inning concluded NIU’s scoring.
In the top of the seventh McGivney led off with a single, but Northern Illinois pitcher Morgan Bittner was able to retire the next three batters to secure the victory.
McElroy finished 2-for-3 with one RBI. McGivney was 2-for-2. Simpson took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits in four innings of work.
Miami returns to action with a non-conference doubleheader against Wright State starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The games will be broadcast live on the internet via MSNI at this link. The "Voice of the RedHawks" Steve Baker will have the call.