Porche, Shewmaker Power Bears To Two Wins at Tulsa Festival
Senior pitcher Melissa Porche and junior first baseman Jana Shewmaker enjoyed huge days here Sunday in leading Missouri State to a pair of wins in the weather-shortened Holiday Inn Select -- Tulsa Festival. The Bears defeated North Dakota State 4-0 and Central Arkansas 13-3 to improve to 6-1 overall.
Porche pitched a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts against the Bison to improve to 2-1, outdueling reigning National Independent Pitcher of The Year Allison Bakke. Missouri State scored three runs in the first and one in the third to defeat Bakke and the Bison (10-3).
Shewmaker went 2-for-3 at the plate, with 3 RBIs to spark the Missouri State offense. Junior shortstop Jessie Smith was 2-for-3 also, scoring once and knocking in another run. Porche had a hit in two at-bats and scored twice.
Smith’s two-out single scored Porche for the Bears’ first run. Senior Michelle Armentrout moved to third on the hit and Smith advanced to second on the throw. Shewmaker’s single to left scored both Armentrout and Smith, giving Missouri State a 3-0 advantage.
The same cast of characters teamed-up again the third inning to score the Bears’ fourth run. Porche singled to start the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Armentrout walked, but was out on Smith’s fielder’s choice at second. Porche advanced to third on the play and later scored on Shewmaker’s single to left.
Missouri State scored three runs in the first and second inning and seven in the fourth en route to a five-inning win over Central Arkansas. Porche capped her huge day by going 3-for-4, with 4 RBIs and a pair of runs. Her first inning, first pitch two-run homerun to centerfield scored Gammon, who reached base on a walk. Armentrout then hammered the next pitch over the left centerfield fence to give the Bears a 3-0 lead on back-to-back pitches. Porche’s two-out two run double was the big blow in the Bears’ three run second inning.
Gammon went 2-for-2 at the plate, scoring three runs and knocking in another. Shewmaker and Smith each tallied 2 RBIs and scored individual runs. Smith’s double and Shewmaker’s single both knocked in a pair of runs in the Bears’ seven run fourth inning. Porter scored twice and was 2-for-4 at the plate and junior Brooke Kempker was 1-for-1 with a run scored and an RBI.
Missouri State sophomore pitcher Lauren McGinley (3-0) gave up five hits and three UCA runs in the third. With runners on second and third sophomore Megan Ramsey (1-0) struck out a UCA batter to end the inning and was credited with her first win of the season.