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2016 NCAA Tournament: Miami downed by #20 Notre Dame 5-0, eliminated

The offense of the MAC champions continued to sputter against the Fighting Irish.

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Miami's successful season ended with a whimper as the RedHawks (35-23) recorded only three hits in 24 at-bats against #20 Notre Dame, following their offensive woes against #2 Michigan earlier in the day. Starting pitcher Carly Mortenson got rattled early, giving up four hits in one and two-thirds innings, which led to Amber Logemann coming in to take the lion's share of the innings.

Notre Dame struck first with a RBI double from Michaela Arizmendi in the first inning and added another run in the second before Logemann came in to pitch for the 'Hawks. The Red and White had an opportunity to capitalize in the fourth with second baseman Eryn MacCarver and outfielder Taylor Shuey in scoring position, but a foul out ended the scoring threat.

The Fighting Irish doubled their lead at at the top of the fifth with a two-RBI single from Arizmendi, but the 'Hawks threatened again in the sixth with hits from Shuey and first baseman Johniann Wahl, an opportunity that evaporated with a ground out. Notre Dame pushed the lead out to five in the seventh with a RBI single from Ali Wester to round out the scoring.

Shuey, the MAC Player of the Year, went 1-2 with a walk in her final collegiate game while Logemann ended her Miami career with five and one-thirds innings pitched with five hits and three earned runs allowed, and two strikeouts. Fellow seniors Hailey Reed, Tanya Busby, and Jenna Jones also saw action in the game as Reed registered a walk while Busby and Jones served as pinch runners.

However, Miami managed to knock off the Irish on Friday, shades of their run in the 2012 NCAA Tournament when they knocked off Tennessee. Fourth-year head coach Clarisa Crowell returns some promising young players in 2017, and time will tell what kind of runs these RedHawks can make.