Bishop strikes out 22 in Western’s sweep of Pitt State

Missouri Western sophomore Jackie Bishop struckout 22 Pittsburg State batters leading the Griffons to two victories on Friday afternoon in Pittsburg, Kan. Western won game one 5-0 behind 16 Bishop strikeouts before winning game two 3-2 in eight innings. Western improves to 31-6 overall and 14-2 in MIAA play.

Game 1: MWSU 5, PSU 0
Jackie Bishop  struckout a career best 16 Pittsburg State Gorillas including seven of the last nine outs giving Western the 5-0 win. Bishop improves to 16-2 pitching her 17th complete game and sixth shutout (second consecutive) of the year.

The Griffons got on the board in the third when Sarah Elliott led off the inning with a triple down the right field line and scored on Bre Fleschner’s second single of the game. The Griffons scored two more in the sixth when Taylor Anding double in pinch runner Erin Widrig and Maegan Roemmich scored on a sacrafice fly by Leah Steele.

Western put the game out of reach in the seventh scoring two more runs. Elliott scored an unearned run on a groundout by Blair Stalder and Fleschner scored on a sacrafice fly by Keri Lorbert.

Western pounded out 11 hits with Fleschner going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Roemmich and Anding both had two hits for Western.

The Gorillas had just three hits in the contest. Hilary Erbert picked up the loss going six innings giving up nine hits and three earned runs. She falls to 10-9 with the loss.

Game 2: MWSU 3, PSU 2 (8 innings)
Things did not look good for the Griffons in game two as they went into the top of the seventh inning down 2-0. The Griffons rallied in the seventh as Leah Steele led off the innning with a single and later scored on a double by Kat Steponovich cutting the score to 2-1. Steponovich scored the tying run when Kendall Sorenson singled with two outs in the inning pushing the game to extra innings.

Bishop came in the game replacing Emily Moe and continued where she left off striking out the side in the seventh. In the eighth Michelle Stevenson singled to shortstop leading off the inning and scored on a single by Leah Steele giving Western the 3-2 lead. Bishop once again struckout the side in the eighth earning the victory. She improves to 17-2 with the victory.

Western got seven hits in the game with Steele getting two hits. Annalee Rubio went four innnings giving up seven hits and two earned runs while Emily Moe went two innings giving up two hits and walking just one.

The Gorillas had nine hits with Cheslyn Mitchell going 4-for-4 with two homeruns. Jessica Barnes went 7.2 innings giving up seven hits and three earned runs. She falls to 5-3 with the loss. The Gorillas fall to 22-19 overall and 8-2 in MIAA play.

The Griffons return to action tomorrow when they take on the Missouri Southern Lions in an MIAA doubleheader. Game time is set for 1:00 pm in Joplin, Mo.

— MWSU Sports Information —