Softball splits with Bradley



Bradley scored a second-inning run for the only tally of game one as the Braves defeated the Missouri State softball team, 1-0, in the series opener, but the Bears responded with a three-run second inning in game two to salvage the doubleheader split, winning the nightcap, 3-1, Sunday in Peoria, Ill. Junior pitcher Melissa Porche threw complete games in each contest, as Missouri State moves to 13-17 overall and 2-5 in the MVC, while Bradley is now 13-9 and 1-4.

Bradley’s Stephanie Ramsey singled with two outs in the second inning to score Amanda Clark for the only scoring in game one. Missouri State recorded a hit in five different innings, but was unable to push a run across. In the third inning, Katie Martin doubled and stole third base, but was stranded after back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning. Pinch hitter Lacie Ballard singled in the seventh, but the scoring threat was again wiped out by a strikeout.

Michelle Armentrout, Jessie Smith, and Jodie Shead each added singles in the game for Missouri State, as both teams had five hits in the game. Porche suffered the loss on the mound, allowing the second-inning run and five hits in six innings, while striking out seven. Ashley Birdsong (10-5) picked up the win for Bradley, striking out 12 in the complete game performance.

The Bears capitalized on two Bradley errors in the second inning of game two to scored three unearned runs. Elysha Swider reached on a throwing error to start the inning, followed by a Ballard walk. After Swider was thrown out at home and Porche struck out, Ballard scored when another Bradley error allowed Dusti Foster to reach. Armentrout then stole home on a double steal with Foster. Designated player Carrie Roberson, making her first start as a Bear, then singled down the right field line to score Foster.

Bradley scored a run in the bottom of the second on a Jessie Musgrave solo homer, but Porche locked down the rest of the way to preserve the 3-1 victory. Porche improved to 9-10 on the season with the victory, as she struck out three in the complete game effort. Amanda Clack (2-2) suffered the defeat for the Braves.

The teams were again even in the hit column in game two, with three apiece, as the two Bradley errors proved to be the difference in the game. Armentrout and Smith added singles for the Bears in the contest.

The teams played a doubleheader Sunday as the result of a rainout yesterday.

Missouri State will return home for a midweek doubleheader against Kansas on Wednesday, March 28, with game one beginning at 3 p.m. at the Missouri State Softball Field.



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