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Softball Edges Out Miami 2-1 To Take Over MAC Lead

   MUNCIE, Ind. - - Freshman catcher Shelbie Scamihorn (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo) celebrated her 19th birthday with a game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to help the Ball State softball team rally for a 2-1 victory over Miami Saturday afternoon at the BSU Softball Complex.

   The win, coupled with a 2-0 Ohio loss to Akron, has the Cardinals back in first place in the overall Mid-American Conference standings with an 8-3 league mark. Ball State, winners of four of the last five MAC regular season titles, also improves to 28-16 overall this season. The RedHawks fall to 18-24 (6-9 MAC) with the loss.

   “We got off to another slow start today,” Ball State head coach Tyra Perry said. “However, I am really proud of the way the team stayed confident and steady to overcome the slow start and pull out a victory, which is something we have not been able to do in our opening games the past few weekends. I am really excited for Shelbie, who came up with a big hit for us in the sixth inning to tie the score. She works extremely hard and has stepped up for us on defense this season. Shelbie is a team player and is starting to find her game.”

   Scamihorn, who entered the game with just seven hits and one RBI in 54 at bats on the season, came up with the Cardinals’ biggest hit of the day in the bottom of the sixth. With one out and bases loaded, Scamihorn smashed a single to right field to bring home the game-tying run.

   Two batters later, junior right fielder Loren Cihlar (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) drew  a bases loaded walk to bring home the game-winning run. Senior first baseman Taylor Rager (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) opened the inning with a single off the glove of a diving Miami third baseman, while senior third baseman Audrey Bickel (Munster, Ind./Andrean) followed with a single to right center. After the first out of the inning, junior pinch hitter Hanne Stuedemann (Mattawan, Mich./Mattawan) drew a walk to load the bases and set up Scamihorn’s RBI single.

   In the circle, sophomore pitcher Nicole Steinbach (Merrillville, Ind./Andrean) turned in another strong performance, limiting the RedHawks to one run and four hits over 7.0 innings of work. She also struck out four batters on her way to improving to 12-9 on the year.

   Miami’s lone run of the game came in the top of the third thanks to a one-out RBI single from Taylor Shuey.

   Ball State and Miami will close out their two-game series Sunday, with a scheduled 1 p.m. first pitch at the BSU Softball Complex.

   For the most up-to-date news on Ball State softball, follow the team on Twitter: @BallStateSB and @TyraPerry13/ Instagram: ballstatesb / Facebook: BallStateSoftball

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