Softball Bears split two at Tulsa Festival
Senior outfielder Katie Martin went 2-for-3 with a grand slam and five RBIs to lead the Missouri State softball Bears to a 7-0 victory over Stephen F. Austin in the Holiday Inn Select Tulsa Festival Friday in Tulsa, Okla. In their second game of the day, the Bears fell 4-1 to Creighton. With the split, Missouri State is now 6-6 on the season.
Missouri State jumped on Stephen F. Austin early, as Martin led off the game with a walk and scored on a double by starting pitcher Melissa Porche. The Bears’ big inning came in the second, as sophomore Jen Carr and freshman Lauren McGinley recorded back-to-back singles and Jana Shewmaker walked to load the bases. Martin stepped in and blasted an opposite field home run, her second of the season, clearing the bases and putting the Bears up 5-0.
Missouri State cushioned its lead with two runs in the sixth inning as pinch-hitter Brooke Kempker and McGinley both singled. Kempker scored on a sacrifice fly by Shewmaker and Martin drove in McGinley with an RBI double, putting the Bears up 7-0.
Porche and McGinley joined Martin with two-hit games as the Bears pounded out 11 hits in the game. Catcher Lacie Ballard added a double and freshman Jodie Shead and junior Carrie Roberson each added singles.
Porche regained her opening weekend form on the mound, allowing only three hits and a walk in her third complete game shutout of the season. Porche struck out eight and improved to 4-3 on the season.
In the second game of the day, Creighton’s Jessica German hit a two-run home run in the top of the second inning to give the Bluejays an early 2-0 lead. Missouri State answered in the bottom of the fourth with a homer off the bat of Porche, to cut the deficit to 2-1. The home run was the second of the season for Porche. Creighton responded in the top of the fifth, as Bailey Dawson singled, scoring two runners to put the Bluejays up 4-1.
The Bears had an excellent scoring chance in the bottom of the fifth, as Shewmaker and Shead each singled to put runners on the corners, but Shead was thrown out on a steal attempt at second to end the inning. In the bottom of the seventh, freshman Dusti Foster and Martin recorded back-to-back singles with two outs, but Shead hit into a fielder’s choice to end the game.
The teams were even with six hits each in the game. Foster led the Bears with a 2-for-2 game at the plate.
Freshman Megan Ramsey took her first collegiate loss on the mound, allowing four runs on six hits in 4.2 innings, to fall to 2-1. Porche pitched 2.1 hitless innings in relief.
Missouri State will continue tournament play on Saturday, as the Bears will face Eastern Illinois at 9 a.m. and host Tulsa at 11:30 a.m. Live stats can be viewed at http://tulsahurricane.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/07-holiday-inn.html.