Bears Break Out the Bats to Sweep Butler, Wichita State



DENTON, Texas -- A rejuvenated Missouri State offense pounded out 28 hits and Lauren Supak and Natalie Rose combined to allow just one earned run in a pair of complete-game efforts Saturday (Feb. 21), as the Bears earned victories over Butler and Wichita State on day two of the North Texas Sleep Inn Classic. The Bears, who came into Saturday’s action batting just .206 as a team with only 13 runs scored through their first seven games, got the offense going early in both outings to run their season-best win streak to three games.


Sophomore Jenna Schwark, who posted five hits in seven at-bats on the day, delivered a three-run triple to highlight MSU’s win over Butler, while Supak (1-2) struck-out seven Bulldogs and gave up just one unearned run in seven innings to notch her first win as a Bear.


The Bears wasted little time in igniting their offense, plating four two-out runs to stake Supak to all the run support she would need. After Christa Gammon and Jessie Smith singled, Jana Shewmaker drew a walk to load the bases with two outs. Schwark came through with the first big hit of the day, a bases-clearing triple to right field to put the Bears on top 3-0. Jen Carr followed with an RBI-single to cap the rally and make it a four-run MSU lead.


Supak held the Bulldogs in check until the third, when a Melissa Shofroth single and Schwark throwing error allowed Jen Arriaga to come around with BU’s only run of the game.


The Bears added a single tally in the third on Shewmaker’s RBI-double that plated Smith, who walked and stole second to set up the scoring threat. MSU put the game out of reach with a two-run sixth, keyed by Smith’s run-scoring, infield-single and Ashley Knehans sacrifice fly that brought home Gammon with her second run of the contest.


In addition to Schwark’s two-hit effort versus the Bulldogs, the Bears got three hits apiece from Gammon and Ashley Arbon.


Arbon and Schwark teamed up again in the Bears’ second game of the day, going a combined 6-for-6 at the plate. Missouri State again struck early, scoring the first run of the contest in the bottom of the second when Schwark singled to lead-off the frame, advanced to third on a sac bunt and an illegal pitch, then came home on Brooke Kempker’s ground out to shortstop.


MSU added two more tallies in the third on two more critical hits from Schwark and Carr. With two out, Schwark singled off WSU starter Brianna Smet to bring home Supak, who pinch ran for Knehans after her one-out single. Carr then doubled to right-center to score Schwark from second and put MSU on top, 3-0.


Rose (2-1) was dominant for the Bears in the circle, retiring the first nine batters of the game before allowing a pair of hits in the fourth. The freshman fanned 10 Shockers on the day and allowed only a sixth-inning run on back-to-back, two-out doubles, and four hits in all.


Arbon, Gammon and Smith all joined Schwark in turning in big offensive days for the Bears. Schwark’s four RBIs paced the MSU attack, while Arbon was a perfect 6-for-6 at the plate. Smith went 4-for-7, swiped her first two bags of the season and scored a pair of runs, and Gammon posted four hits in the two games.

Missouri State concludes play at the Sleep Inn Classic Sunday (Feb. 22) with a 12:30 p.m. match-up against Central Arkansas.



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