Western Michigan softball (18-27, 9-11 MAC) fell to the Miami Redhawks (34-14, 16-4 MAC) in the first game of the Mid-American Conference Tournament Wednesday afternoon, 2-0.
Sydney Stefanick started on the mound for the Broncos while Courtney Vierstra started for the Redhawks. Both of the starters had solid outings.
Stefanick pitched six innings, allowing five hits while striking out two. Despite the solid outing, she was handed the loss due to the Broncos not being able to produce any offensive production.
Vierstra pitched a complete game while punching out eight Broncos and only allowing three hits.
The game was quiet from an offensive standpoint up until the fifth inning when the Redhawks broke out with an RBI single from Morgan Lott and then scoring on a passed ball to take a two nothing lead.
Miami's Johniann Wahl, Lily Wilmot, Mackenzie Moore and Hannah Obrey each had a hit in the game.
The Broncos had a couple opportunities to bring runners in throughout the game, including the fifth and sixth innings. They left a total of eight runners on base and couldn’t get the job done. Logan Carter and Sydney Stefanick were the only Broncos who went deep and were able to get a double a piece but couldn’t make it around the base pads.
After the win, No. 1 seed Miami is set to face No. 5 seed Central Michigan on Thursday at 1 p.m. WMU will to square off against No. 4 seed Northern Illinois in the losers bracket in an elimination game at 10:30 a.m on Thursday. With a win, they will advance in the bracket, with a loss, their 2019 campaign will end.