Redhawks Spoil Bears' Home Opener on Day One of All-Missouri Classic
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Freshman Giana Zimmerman led the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Missouri State softball team Friday (March 6) in the Bears’ opening game at their new softball facility, Killian Stadium. Zimmerman held MSU to one run on three hits in a complete-game effort and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a pair of runs scored in the first of three games for the Bears this weekend at the All-Missouri Classic.
The Redhawks’ pitcher helped her own cause at the plate, as Zimmerman lined Natalie Rose’s first pitch over the left field wall to put SEMO on the board and earn the distinction of hitting the first home run in the Bears’ new park. She struck again in the fourth, lacing a ball deep into the gap in left-center that would elude two MSU outfielders for a triple that would drive home Jennifer Vasquez with the Redhawks’ second run of the game.
SEMO wasn’t done in the fourth, as Renee Kertz belted the first pitch she saw down the left field line for a two-run homer that would stake Zimmerman to a 4-0 lead.
Zimmerman improved to 4-1 on the season after blanking Missouri State for 6 2/3 innings until Jenna Schwark’s RBI-double to left chased Jana Shewmaker home with the Bears’ lone tally of the afternoon. Zimmerman retired 12 straight Bears after Jessie Smith’s two-out, first-inning double, allowing only a Jen Carr fifth-inning, infield single between the second and seventh innings.
Rose (2-3) shouldered the loss for MSU, which dropped to 7-6 on the season, after allowing four runs on five hits in four-plus innings.
The Bears will be back in action Saturday (March 7) against UMKC immediately following dedication ceremonies for Killian Stadium, which are slated to begin at 4:15 p.m.
All-Missouri Classic - Day One
#12 Missouri 9, UMKC 0 (6 inn.) -- Mizzou (15-3) scored in every inning except the fifth, as Shana White went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and her 16th stolen base of the season, while Marla Schweisberger and Rhea Taylor each went deep to lead the Tigers’ 14-hit attack. Stacy Delaney (2-1) was equally effective in the circle for Mizzou, turning in a complete-game, one-hit shutout in which she struck-out 10 Kangaroo hitters.
SEMO 10, UMKC 3 -- Elise Sperakos had three hits in four at-bats, including a fourth-inning grand slam that broke open a 3-2 contest, as the Redhawks (6-4) claimed their second win of the day. Alex Ramirez got the Redhawks off and running with a three-run homer in the third, and Whitney Dupuis (2-3) went the distance for SEMO, allowing just three unearned runs on six hits.