Supak Blanks Shockers as Bears Earn First MVC Win
WICHITA, Kan. -- Senior right-hander Lauren Supak turned in a three-hit, complete-game shutout to propel the Missouri State softball team past Wichita State by a 1-0 score Wednesday evening at Wilkins Stadium. Supak fanned six Shockers and allowed just three singles to post her third consecutive shutout against Wichita State and the Bears' first Missouri Valley Conference victory of the season.
Christa Gammon's two-out, RBI single in the top of the fifth inning plated the lone run of the contest. Madison Hargrove singled to center to start the frame, advanced to second on a wild pitch to set the table for Gammon, who lined Kasha Kolb's 3-2 pitch off of second baseman Hayley Temple's glove into shallow right field to allow Hargrove to come around with the go-ahead run.
Supak (2-4) took over from there, working out of jams in each of the final three innings to preserve the one-run margin and earn her second victory of the season and the fourth for the Bears in their last five games against Wichita State.
The Shockers (9-15, 0-2 MVC) would mount a last-ditch rally attempt with two out in the seventh, getting back-to-back walks from Heather Gerritse and Brittney Osborn. However, Bubba Weiss snared a line shot off the bat of Lindsie Mitts to strand both baserunners and close out the win for the Bears, who improved to 6-16 overall and 1-2 in the MVC.
Supak and Kolb dominated the action early in the contest, allowing just two hits combined through the first three innings of play. The Bears' starter retired the first six hitters of the game before Jamie Hull singled to center to lead-off the third, while Kolb gave up just two hits prior to MSU's decisive fifth.
Both teams put their lead-off hitters on base to engineer scoring opportunities in the fourth inning, however. Jenna Schwark's bloop double to center kicked-off the top half of the inning for MSU, but Kolb got Alaina Burkhart and Raeven Replogle to chase third strikes and retired Ashley Knehans on a pop-up to second to get out of the inning.
Wichita State's Kersti Rowan drew a lead-off walk and stole second base to start the Shockers' fourth, but Supak came up big to squash the threat. After Temple's grounder to shortstop moved Rowan to third, both Lauren Coleman and Sammie Shook looked at called third strikes from Supak to end the inning.
Hargrove paced MSU at the plate, going 2-for-3 to continue a hot streak in which the freshman has batted .444 (11-for-25) over the Bears' last 11 games.
The Bears return to action Thursday (March 25), when they welcome No. 15 Oklahoma State to Killian Softball Stadium for a single contest at 5 p.m.