Softball Bears defeat Wichita State on Martin's walk-off double
Senior Katie Martin launched a one-out double to score sophomore Jessie Smith in the 11th inning as the Missouri State softball team defeated Wichita State, 1-0, Wednesday at the Missouri State Softball Field. Junior Melissa Porche was outstanding on the mound for the Bears, pitching a complete game shutout, as
Smith walked with one out in the 11th to set up the heroics by Martin. The centerfielder hit the ball off the wall in right-center field and Smith raced around from first and safely slid into home ahead of the throw. The double was Martin’s third hit of the day, as she accounted for three of the five Bears hits in the contest.
Porche was in command from the start, as she allowed no
Margo Pruis (10-11) was the tough-luck loser for
Smith and Martin led off the game with back-to-back singles, but the Bears failed to capitalize. Smith added another single in the third and junior Lacie Ballard laced a double in the 4th for the Bears’ only other hits of the afternoon. Britnee Barnett led the Shockers with a 2-for-5 performance and a stolen base in the contest.
The teams played error-free softball in the 11-inning contest. Smith had a career-high seven assists from shortstop to lead the Bears. Martin and pinch runner Carrie Roberson each stole a base in the game for