Wichita State Tops Bears in Extra Innings, 4-1
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Brittany Osborn’s one-out double in the top of the eighth inning drove home the go-ahead run to propel Wichita State to a 4-1 win over the Missouri State softball team Thursday evening at Killian Stadium. The Shockers’ three-run rally broke a 1-1 deadlock and made a winner out of starting pitcher Katie Armagost, who worked 7 1/3 innings to pick up her eighth win of the season.
Wichita State finally broke through against Bears starter Natalie Rose for four hits in the decisive eighth inning, as Rachel Milnark and Kiersten Dixon added two-out, RBI singles after Osborn’s key double to right-center plated Holly Eckert to give the Shockers the lead for good.
Armagost (8-12) limited the Bears to just a single run on eight hits and three walks, while freshman Sloan Anderson closed out the victory by retiring the only two batters she faced.
With the win, the Shockers (18-35, 10-13 MVC) avoided being swept by the Bears in the season series after MSU took both ends of the two clubs’ doubleheader in Wichita on April 20. The loss sent MSU (22-23, 10-11 MVC) to its sixth consecutive defeat.
Wichita State drew first blood in the top of the second when Eckert led-off the frame with her second home run of the season to straight-away center field.
Missouri State wasted little time in responding, tallying the equalizer in the bottom half of the inning on Christa Gammon’s two-out, infield single. Raeven Replogle and Heather Duckworth got the ball rolling with back-to-back base hits, and Gammon’s tap single in front of the plate brought home Replogle with the tying run.
Both pitchers settled into a groove to hold the opposition scoreless over the ensuing five innings to send the game into extra frames. But not before the Bears narrowly missed ending the game in the bottom half of the seventh. MSU loaded the bases courtesy of hits by Gammon and Savnnah Wiggins and a two-out walk to Jenna Schwark. Ashley Knehans hit a looping liner that appeared to have a chance to settle into shallow left-center and drive in the game-winning run, but shortstop Sammie Shook made a over-the-head catch to squash the rally.
Eckert led WSU with two hits and two runs scored, while Gerritse and Milnark added two-hit performances as well.
Replogle spearheaded the Bears’ attack with a career-high three hits in four at-bats. Rose (16-19) was saddled with her second extra-inning loss in as many starts after going the distance and striking out eight batters.
The Bears will conclude the regular season with a three game series against Evansville this weekend at Killian. The two teams will play a noon doubleheader Saturday before squaring off in a single contest Sunday.