When a team comes out flat, it usually means trouble.
Miami was flat Monday at the outset of its Verdigris Valley Conference game with Grove here - and paid the price.
The Lady Wardogs dropped a 4-0 decision at Turner Field, their third straight loss. It's also their second straight shutout after a 1-0 setback here against Welch on Saturday.
“We just came out flat,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said. “We were flat from the minute we walked out on the field. I don't understand it.
“This is a rivalry game - if you can't get up for this one, what can you get up for?”
The Lady Wardogs managed seven hits off Grove's Emily Morris, but couldn't break through. Morris struck out nine and walked one.
Melanie Blackburn accounted for three of Miami's hits while Jessica Kelly had a double and a single.
Emily Cline and Courtnei Young added singles.
“We had opportunities and made a couple mental errors early in the game,” Mercer said. “We're still doing the little things to get beat instead of the little things to win.”
Kelly was cut down at third moments after leading off the Miami first with a double.
The Lady Wardogs also left runners stranded at second in the third and fourth.
Grove scratched out two runs in the third on three hits and two hit batters.
The Lady Ridgerunners then picked up single runs in the third and fifth innings to register just their fourth win of the season.
Miami, which had a lineup that had six underclassmen, dropped to 6-7 overall and 1-2 in the Valley.
“They've got to grow up quick,” Mercer said. “The second half of the season is approaching - we are a week away. By that time, we've got to have it figured out. I can live with errors and things like that, but intensity is something we've got to pick up.”
Miami continues Verdigris Valley play today when it hosts Locust Grove in varsity-JV games starting at 4:30 p.m.