Shewmaker's five RBIs lead softball Bears to victory over Eastern Illinois
Missouri State scored a run in every inning against Eastern Illinois on Saturday, as the softball Bears defeated the Panthers, 14-6, in five innings, at the Holiday Inn Select Tulsa Festival in Tulsa, Okla. Junior third baseman Jana Shewmaker was 3-for-4 with five RBIs to lead the Bears offensively and starting pitcher Melissa Porche picked up her fifth victory of the season, as Missouri State improved to 7-6 on the season.
The Bears jumped to an early 6-0 lead after the first inning, as MSU picked up four hits in the inning. Senior Katie Martin led off the inning with a triple and was driven in by freshman Jodie Shead. Junior Lacie Ballard singled to load the bases following a walk and sophomore Brooke Kempker singled to score a run. Shewmaker then cleared the bases with a triple down the right field line, scoring three to put the Bears up 6-0.
Shewmaker, filling in at third base for the injured Michelle Armentrout, again stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the fourth inning and singled to score pinch-runner Carrie Roberson. Roberson entered the game for Ballard, who doubled to lead off the inning.
The Bears piled up 13 hits in the game, including five extra-base hits.
Porche pitched 3.2 innings, surrendering eight hits and three runs with two strikeouts, to improve to 5-3 on the season. Freshman Lauren McGinley allowed three runs and three hits in one inning and Megan Ramsey induced a flyout to end the fifth inning against her only batter.
The start of the game was delayed three hours due to rain in the area.