The Missouri Western softball team captured its first even MIAA Tournament championship Saturday in Overland Park as they defeated Northeastern State, 12-0. The Griffons scored seven, 7th inning runs on their way to the victory. The win was Jackie Bishop’s 25th of the season which ties her career high for victories in a season.
The Griffons are 38-16 on the season and will play next weekend in the NCAA Central Regional which will be announced on Monday, May 5 at 9:00 am. There will be a watch party in the KCP&L Theater Room in the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex.
Bishop threw a one-hitter while striking out 10 and walking just one. The Griffons had 12 hits in the contest with two coming from Kat Steponovich, Michelle Stevenson and Morgan Rathmann.
Missouri Western opened up the scoring in the second inning when Steponovich led off with a single down the right field line and advanced to second on single by Katie Klosterman to second base. Stevenson then hit a single scoring Steponovich and then Klosterman scored on an RBI groundout by Rathmann giving the Griffons the 2-0 lead.
The score stayed that way until the 5th inning when Rathmann blasted a two run homer over left center giving the Griffons the 4-0 lead. Later in the inning Bre Fleschner scored on a Gillaspy groundout making the lead 5-0 after five.
In the 7th the Griffons exploded for seven runs which was capped by back-to-back pinch hit home runs by Kailey Green and Sydney McCune. Sydney Washington and Brooke Schaben also had RBI hits in the innings.
Bishop struck out the final batter of the game giving the Griffons their first tournament title in history.
The RiverHawks end their season with a 29-30 overall record. Kayce Wooldridge went all six innings giving up eight hits and four earned runs. She falls to 17-14 on the season. Saharra Henson had the lone hit for the RiverHawks.
— MWSU Sports Information —