McGinley Shuts Down Sycamores Again to Give Bears Series Sweep
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Junior pitcher Lauren McGinley posted her second straight shutout to propel the Missouri State softball team to a 2-0 win over Indiana State Sunday (March 22) afternoon at Price Field. With the victory, the Bears completed a three-game series sweep of the Sycamores and improved to 12-12 overall and 3-3 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
McGinley (7-3), who tossed a three-hitter Saturday in the Bears’ 4-0 win over Indiana State, limited the Sycamores to just two hits and two walks Sunday to record her fourth shutout of the 2009 season. In all, Missouri State pitching held ISU scoreless on just five hits over the final 15 innings of the three-game series.
The Bears scored their eighth unanswered run in the series in the top of the third to grab an early 1-0 lead. Ashley Arbon led-off the frame with her fourth hit of the series, a double that plugged the left-center field gap. After a Jenna Schwark sacrifice bunt moved Arbon over to third, Christa Gammon lifted a fly ball down the left field line that was bobbled by ISU’s Amber Paz, allowing Arbon to come home with the first run of the contest.
Indiana State starting pitcher Darcy Wood worked out of a the inning without incurring further damage, getting Jana Shewmaker on a liner to shortstop to end the MSU scoring threat with runners on second and third. Wood, who struck-out 11 Bears in MSU’s 4-3 comeback win in game one on Saturday, turned in another strong outing for the Sycamores Sunday, fanning eight batters in six innings of work.
Missouri State added a key insurance run in the top of the sixth, as Shewmaker blasted a two-out, solo homer to left-center field off Wood to make it a 2-0 game.
McGinley worked around lead-off walks in both the first and fifth innings, retiring all 12 Sycamore hitters in between. She would take a no-hitter into the sixth before Kacy Kestner laid down a bunt single to lead off the inning. ISU would put runners on first and third with two out when McGinley would record the biggest out of the game, getting Britt Boyer to ground to third to thwart the threat. The right-hander proceeded to close out the win and the sweep for the Bears with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
Next up, the Bears will travel to Lawrence, Kan., for a Tuesday (March 24) afternoon contest with the Kansas Jayhawks. Game time at Arrocha Ballpark is set for 3 p.m.