A five-run rally fell just short for the Eastern Michigan softball team Saturday, falling at home to Miami, Ohio, in the first of a two-game series 9-7 in eight innings.
Outfielder Michelle Krieghauser and catcher Taylor Wagner each hit home runs for the Eagles (8-17, 0-1 MAC) in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score at seven and send the game to extra innings. The Redhawks countered with two runs on an error allowing one run to score followed by a base-hit up the middle by second baseman Eryn McCarter to give Miami (17-11, 1-0 MAC) the victory.
Freshman Trisha Trujillo started on the mound for EMU, giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits in two complete innings before being replaced by Alyssa Huntley who pitched the final six innings. Huntley took the loss on her first decision of the season, giving five runs, three earned, on seven hits in her six innings of work.
Infielder Katy Wyman also hit a home run in the game for the Eagles in the sixth inning.
EMU and Miami will play game two from Varsity Field on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.