Softball Bears Split MVC Doubleheader Against Wichita State
Missouri State scored five runs in the second inning en route to a 5-3 win over Wichita State, Wednesday at the MSU Softball Field. The win enabled MSU to split games in the Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader, with Wichita State winning the first game 4-1. The softball Bears are now 16-11 and 5-6 in MVC action.
Wichita State bolted to a 3-0 first-inning lead in the second game of the twinbill thanks to a three-run homerun by Heather Gerritse. MSU sophomore starter Lauren McGinley (5-2) pitched four scoreless innings following the first to earn the victory. Senior pitcher Melissa Porche tied Shocker ace Ashly Bright for the national lead in saves with six, allowing just one WSU hit in two innings of relief work.
A slumbering Bears offense roared to life in the bottom of the second, chasing Shocker starter Brianna Smet (9-6) with five runs on six hits.Freshman Jenna Schwark’s two RBI double scored senior Michelle Aremntrout and junior Jana Shewmaker who singled and doubled respectively to lead off the inning. Senior Carrie Roberson’s RBI single plated Schwark for the Bears’ third run and junior Elysha Swider delievered the game-winning hit for the Bears. Her two-out double off of Bright scored Robberson and junior Brooke Kempker to give the Bears the final 5-3 margin. Armentrout, Kempker, Scwark and Swider were all 2-for-3 at the plate in the contest.
Bright and Porche faced off in a pitcher’s duel between two of the Valley’s best in the first game. Bright edged the Bears 1-0 in a meeting between the two teams, March 25, at Wichita, Kans. The anticipated rematch was won by the Shockers 4-1, also. Porche (9-8) fanned 11 Shocker batters and allowed seven hits in recording her 12th complete game. Bright (15-10) allowed five hits and struck out nine MSU batters.
Armentrout’s homerun to left in the fourth gave the Bears an 1-0 lead. WSU responded by scoring two runs on three hits in its half of the fifth to take the lead. The Shockers added two insurance runs in the seventh on three hits for the final 4-1 margin.
MSU will host Bradley Saturday (April 5) in a 12 p.m. doubleheader, followed by a single game Sunday (April 6) starting at 12 p.m. in a three-game weekend Valley series.