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.


Eastern Illinois scored two runs in the top of the second inning, but the Bears responded in the bottom of the frame when sophomore Jessie Smith doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. Missouri State scored two more in the third inning, highlighted by Shead’s two-run double to score Shewmaker and freshman Dusti Foster.


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.


After Eastern Illinois cut the Bears’ lead to 10-6 with a three-run fifth inning, Missouri State answered in the bottom of the frame with four runs to end the game. Following three walks to load the bases and an RBI hit-by-pitch by Kempker, Shewmaker came to bat for the third time with the bases full. Once again Shewmaker delivered with a run-scoring single to left field. Martin then ended the game by the eight-run mercy rule with a two-run single scoring sophomore Jen Carr and Kempker.


The Bears piled up 13 hits in the game, including five extra-base hits. Missouri State was led by Shewmaker and Kempker, the seventh and ninth-place hitters, as the two combined for six hits and seven RBIs. Smith scored three runs and stole a base for the Bears.


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. Missouri State’s scheduled game with Tulsa today has been moved to Sunday. The Bears will face Eastern Illinois again at 10 a.m. and Tulsa at 2 p.m. to conclude the tournament.



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