Bears Can?t Solve Southern Illinois Pitching, Drop Doubleheader
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois pitchers Nikki Waters and Danielle Glosson turned in complete-game shutouts to lead the 24th-ranked Salukis in a doubleheader sweep of the Missouri State softball team Saturday (April 11) at Charlotte West Stadium. SIU posted a 2-0 win in game one, then completed the sweep when Katie Schmidt broke up a scoreless tie with a two-out, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Salukis (25-7, 9-3 MVC) a 1-0 victory.
Schmidt’s game-ending blast was made possible by the perfromance of Glosson (7-5), who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Ashley Knehans’ bloop single to left-center gave the Bears their fourth and final hit of the afternoon. The sophomore right-hander would go on to work her way out of the inning to finish with a one-hitter.
Missouri State starter Lauren McGinley (9-8) nearly matched Glosson’s effort, retiring the first two batters of the seventh and holding the Salukis scoreless on just four hits in the game before Schmidt lined the game-winner over the right-center field fence.
Game one had a similar feel, as Waters and MSU starter Lauren Supak locked up in a scoreless duel for three-plus innings. Southern Illinois broke through in the bottom of the fourth, getting three straight hits to push across the only two runs of the game. Katie Wilson started the rally with a one-out walk, and Schmidt followed with a single to center to set the stage for the Salukis. Allie Hanson’s double down the left field line chased Wilson home, and Jamie Wamsley delivered a run-scoring single to left to make it a 2-0 ballgame.
That would prove to be enough for Waters, who limited the Bears to just two hits through the first six innings. MSU threatened the Saluki lead in the seventh, as the Bears loaded the bases with one out on a double by Knehans, a fielding error and a walk.
But Waters coaxed a short pop-up to left from Ashley Arbon and a ground ball from Christa Gammon to squash the Bears’ comeback bid and close out her 10th win of the season.
Supak (2-6) was the tough-luck loser for the Bears despite striking out five Salukis and allowing just the two fourth-inning runs in a complete-game effort. Knehans led the MSU offensive attack, posting two of the Bears’ three hits in the game.
Missouri State, which fell to 15-18 on the season and 5-7 in The Valley, returns home Monday (April 13) to take on SIU Edwardsville in a 4 p.m., contest, the first of five home games for the Bears next week at Killian Softball Stadium.