Porche Strikes Out Career High 19 Batters in 1-0 Win Over Saint Louis
Melissa Porche struck out a career-high 19 batters to lead Missouri State to a nine-inning 1-0 win over Saint Louis Saturday at MSU Softball Field. The Bears improved to 7-2 overall with the win, which followed a 3-2 eight inning loss to UMKC.
Freshman Ashley Knehans’ ninth-inning blast the hit the centerfield fence to drive senior Michelle Armentrout home from second base with the game-winner against the Billikens. With one out Armentrout was hit by a pitch and later advanced to second on junior Jessie Smith’s single up the middle.
Porche allowed just three hits in her fourth complete game of the season and improved to 3-1 overall. She lowered her earned run average to a mere 0.57 and has now struck out 53 batters in 37 innings of work. Porche continued her hot start to 2008 at the plate, going 2-for-4 also. Freshman Tyler Porter and Armentrout acoounted for the remaining MSU hits in the contest.
In the first contest of the day UMKC rapped out three hits in scoring two runs in the third against Bears’ sophomore starter Megan Ramsey. Missouri State answered in the fifth with Armentrout’s two-out, two-run double to left-center that scored Porter and senior Carrie Roberson.
A leadoff double to center eventually led to the Kangaroos’ winning run in the top of the eighth. Porche came on in relief of Ramsey, who went seven innings in the loss. The runner was sacrificed to third and scored moments later when freshman Julie Hartung singled to center field.
Smith went 2-for-4 at the plate, with freshman Christa Gammon and Roberson each tallying a hit in the Bears five-hit effort.
Missouri State will compete in the weather-shortened All-Missouri Breast Cancer Tournament Sunday (March 2) at Cape Girardeau, Mo. Missouri State will face Saint Louis at 11 a.m. followed by host Southeast Missouri State at 1 p.m.