The Missouri Western softball team bounced back nicely against NCAA newcomer Southern Nazarene with a 12-1 five inning victory on Saturday morning in the Southeastern Regional Invite.
The Griffons offensive came to play pounding out 13 hits and scoring 12 runs in five innings of play. Jackie Bishop pitched well giving up just one walk while striking out nine and giving up two hits in her first victory of the season.
The Crimson Storm got on the board first in the second inning when Kaytie Spencer smacked a homer giving SNU the early 1-0 lead. The Storm got just one hit the rest of the way.
After stranding a lead off single in the first the Griffon offense got going in the second inning. Back-to-back singles by Maegan Roemmich and Kendall Sorenson set the stage for Sarah Elliott as she got a two out single scoring both Roemmich and Sorenson giving MWSU the 2-1 lead after two.
In the third the Griffons scored four more runs getting four runs on four hits. The first four players got on base with three being singles. Taylor Anding got the final single of the inning scoring Roemmich from second giving Missouri Western the 6-2 lead after three.
In the fourth Michelle Stevenson led off with a single and later scored on a Keri Lorbert two run homer. In the fifth Lobert struck again hitting a grand slam giving the Griffons the run rule victory.
Eight of the Griffons nine batters got hits in the contest with Lorbert and Roemmich leading the way with three apiece. Lorbert had six RBI and three runs scored while Roemmich knocked in one and scored twice. Stevenson scored three times while Elliott had two hits, two RBI and scored once.
SNU falls to 1-2 on the season as Maci-Brooke Lambert falls to 1-1 with the loss. She gave up eight hits, six earned runs and had just two strikeouts. Becca Webb pitched two innings giving up five hits and six earned runs. The Storm falls to 1-2 with the loss.
HENDERSON STATE 4, MISSOURI WESTERN 3
The Missouri Western softball team committed three errors allowing four unearned runs to cross the plate falling 4-3 against Henderson State University. The Griffons fall to 2-2 on the season and will close out the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Regional Invite with games against Drury and Ouachita Baptist tomorrow and 10 am and noon respectively.
The Reddies scored three runs on two Griffons errors in the third inning taking a commanding 3-0 lead. The Griffons scored one in the third and one in the fourth cutting the deficit to 3-2 with three innings to play. Breanna Fleschner double in Sarah Elliott in the third and Taylor Anding doubled in Maegan Roemmich in the fourth.
Things remained that way until the top of the seventh when they scored another unearned run. The Griffons made a comeback effort in the seventh but stranded the tying run at third ending the game.
The Griffons had seven hits with Elliott collecting two. She also scored two runs. Brooke Schaben made her first apperance in the circle for the Griffons. She went four innings five hits and striking out two. Jackie Bishop made her apperance in the fifth with nobody out. She gave up one hit and struckout eight. Schaben falls to 0-1 with the loss.
— MWSU Sports Information —