Softball drops two in Houston
The Missouri State softball team lost its final two games of the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, falling 6-0 to Indiana and 2-1 to Centenary. In both games, the Bears fell behind after the first inning and struggled offensively, recording only four hits in the two games. With the two losses, the Bears fall to 5-4 on the season, including an 0-4 mark in the tournament, held on the University of Houston campus.
In the first game of the morning, Indiana jumped out to a 5-0 first inning lead. The Hoosier’s big blow of the inning came on a three run bases-clearing double by Emily Bergeson. This followed an MSU error and RBI single by IU’s Rachel Terry. Indiana added a run in the second inning to push its lead to the final margin, 6-0.
Indiana’s Monica Wright and Jennifer Moore combined for a one-hitter, as the Hoosiers improved to 2-3 on the season. Missouri State freshman Lauren McGinley (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound, giving up five earned runs on four hits in one inning plus. Junior Melissa Porche and freshman Megan Ramsey combined to pitch five scoreless innings in relief, allowing only one hit. McGinley had the Bears’ only hit of the game in the fifth inning, reaching on an infield single to third base.
In the Bears’ final game of the tournament, Centenary also jumped out to a first inning lead against the Bears’ starter Porche. Emerald Doria singled to lead off the inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly. The Bears tied the game in the top of the sixth inning, as sophomore Jessie Smith blasted a solo homer to left field. The home run was Smith’s team-leading third of the season. Centenary answered in the bottom of the sixth, as Jennifer Mango doubled to score Haley Bassett, who singled with one out in the inning. In the top of the seventh, MSU’s McGinley reached on an error, but was thrown out on a stolen base attempt to end the game.
Freshman Jodie Shead continued her strong tournament, picking up two hits and stealing a base for Missouri State. Porche (3-3) took the loss on the mound for the Bears, giving up the two runs on five hits, while striking out four. Ramsey came in and struck out Centenary’s Lauren Flowers to end the sixth. The freshman hurler pitched 6.1 scoreless innings in the tournament, allowing only two hits.
Missouri State will travel to Tulsa, Okla., for their third straight weekend tournament next weekend, Feb. 23-25, in the Holiday Inn Select Tulsa Festival. The Bears will take on Stephen F. Austin State at 9 a.m. and Creighton at 2 p.m. on Friday, and Eastern Illinois at 9 a.m. and host Tulsa at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the Bears will begin bracket play, starting at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m.