Miami falls to Kentucky in NCAA softball regionals

The Miami softball team hammered Bowling Green 11-0 last week to win the Mid-American Conference tournament and an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. Miami lost to Kentucky on Friday in the NCAA Blacksburg Regional. WCPO photo

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The Miami softball team hammered Bowling Green 11-0 last week to win the Mid-American Conference tournament and an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. Miami lost to Kentucky on Friday in the NCAA Blacksburg Regional. WCPO photo

The Miami RedHawks softball team got off to a quick start Friday against Kentucky in a NCAA Regional game in Blacksburg, Va.

Karli Spaid blasted her 29th home run of the season to put Miami up 1-0, but the Wildcats answered with four runs in the first nad six more in the second on their way to a 15-1 five-inning win at Virginia Tech’s Softball Park.

Kentucky (36-17) hit four home runs. Brianna Pratt (18-5) took the loss for Miami (39-16-1).

Holly Blaska and Maggie Murphy had hits for the Mid-American Conference champion RedHawks.

Miami was scheduled to face St. Francis (Pa.) Saturday night in an elmination game. A win would move the RedHawks into another elmination game later Saturday vs. Virginia Tech or Kentucky.

The final day of the double-elimination regional is set for Sunday.