Creighton takes two from Softball Bears in MVC opener
The Missouri State softball team lost two games Saturday to Creighton in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams, as the Bluejays took game one, 1-0, in nine innings and game two, 10-2, in five innings at the Missouri State Softball Field. The Bears fall to 11-14 and 0-2 in the MVC, while Creighton improves to 16-5 and 2-0 in the conference.
Game one was a pitchers duel between Missouri State’s Melissa Porche and Creighton’s Tara Oltman, as both hurlers threw all nine innings. The game’s only run came on a solo homer by Creighton’s Renae Sinkler to lead off the top of the ninth inning. Oltman retired the Bears in order in the bottom of the frame to pick up the complete game shutout.
The Bears had the bases loaded in the first and sixth innings, but could not push a run across. In the first, Porche hit into a double play to end the inning after senior Katie Martin led off the inning with a single and sophomore Jessie Smith and junior Michelle Armentrout reached on a walk and fielder’s choice, respectively. In the sixth, Brooke Kempker and Smith recorded back-to-back singles and Armentrout walked to fill the bags with one out, but Porche and Jana Shewmaker were retired to end the scoring threat.
Creighton outhit MSU, 7-5, in the game. Adding hits for the Bears were Shewmaker and freshman Jodie Shead. Missouri State left nine runners on base to Creighton’s eight, as the Bears were issued four walks in the game. Oltman improved to 10-3 with the victory, while Porche suffered the tough-luck loss to fall to 7-7. Oltman recorded 11 strikeouts for Creighton, while Porche fanned nine for the Bears.
In game two, Creighton jumped on top early, as the Bluejays scored four second-inning runs on four hits. Missouri State cut the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the inning, as sophomore Elysha Swider hit her first home run as a Bear, a solo shot to left field. Both teams scored a run in the third inning, as both teams picked up two hits in the frame. MSU’s Smith laced a single to right field scoring Martin, who singled with two outs.
Creighton then blew the game open with four runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Laura Kratochvil’s grand slam. The Bluejays added another run in the fifth to make it 10-2. The Bluejays outhit the Bears, 11-6, in the game.
Freshman starter Megan Ramsey suffered the defeat on the mound, allowing five runs on six hits in 3.2 innings, to fall to 4-5 on the season. Fellow freshman Lauren McGinley relieved Ramsey in the third inning and allowed four earned runs on five hits in 1.1 innings. Ramsey re-entered the game with one out in the fourth and finished the game. Amanda Hess (6-3) was credited with the win for Creighton, as she allowed two runs on five hits in 4.1 innings.
Missouri State and Creighton will wrap up the three-game series Sunday at 12:00 noon at the MSU Softball Field.