Softball drops heartbreaker at #22 Illinois State
After allowing 21 runs in a doubleheader yesterday, the Missouri State softball team found itself in a pitcher’s duel with 22nd-ranked Illinois State Sunday in Normal, Ill. Illinois State’s Shannon Nicholson and MSU’s Melissa Porche were tremendous on the mound, as the teams played 11 scoreless innings before the Redbirds’ Casey Gorrell hit a one-out bases loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 12th to give the Redbirds a 1-0 victory in both teams’ regular season finale. With the three-game sweep,
Porche was the more dominant of the two pitchers, as she allowed only four hits through the first 11 innings. But in the decisive 12th inning, she allowed a leadoff walk to
The Bears had four hits in extra innings, but could not capitalize. In the eighth, Brooke Kempker and Shewmaker both singled, but a groundout ended the frame. Junior Michelle Armentrout recorded the game’s only extra-base hit, a double with two outs in the 12th, but was stranded at second following a groundout.
The Bears outhit
Porche (16-18) was the tough-luck loser, despite an outstanding performance on the rubber. The junior allowed six hits in 11.2 innings, surrendering a lone walk while striking out seven. In 15 of her 18 losses this season, MSU has been shut out or scored only one run. Nicholson (20-5) turned in a 12-inning complete game effort for the Redbirds, allowing 10 hits and a walk while striking out six.
The Bears will enter next week’s MVC Tournament as the sixth seed and will play seventh-seed Bradley in a 1:30 p.m. contest Thursday, May 10, at the Redbird Softball Complex in