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RUSTON, La. –
Despite a strong second outing, the Missouri State softball team suffered setbacks against Samford and host Louisiana Tech during day two of the Louisiana Tech Invitational, Saturday afternoon.
Game 1 – Samford 10, MSU 1
A 2016 NCAA Tournament participant, Samford put pressure on the Bears right out of the gate as they loaded the bases in the top of the first inning with just one out. After a walked-in run, the Bulldogs lifted a grand slam over the left field wall to take an early 5-0 lead over MSU. However, in her first start as a Bear, junior Holley Kelley recorded a huge strikeout to end the inning.
Heading into the bottom of the inning, the Bears battled back as Hailee Vigneaux
took a pitch to the leg to get things going for the Bears. After an infield single and a wild pitch, senior Mary Stephens
hit a sacrifice fly deep into left field to score Vigneaux – the Bears only run of the game.
Missouri State threatened to score again in the bottom of the second inning after recording back-to-back singles from Darian Frost
and Elena Gambill
, but was halted by three fly outs to end the inning.
After two scoreless innings, the Bulldogs went yard two more times, once in the fourth and fifth inning, bringing in five more runs to end the game in five innings. Kelley took the loss for the Bears, tossing four complete innings with one strikeout.
Game 2 – Louisiana Tech 5, Missouri State 4
Four lead changes occurred as the Bears and Lady Techsters battled back-and-forth throughout the afternoon, ultimately resulting in a 5-4 setback for Missouri State. Out-hitting LA Tech, the Bears recorded eight hits as junior Kaitlin Beason
limited the Lady Techsters to seven.
With two outs in the top of the first, Stephens singled down the right field line to put a runner on for the Bears. Beason followed up the at bat with a stand up double to left center to score Stephens from first, giving Missouri State an early 1-0 lead.
Responding to Missouri State, a single to center and a ground out to third placed a runner in scoring position for LA Tech. The next at bat, one more single to the outfield brought in the first run of the game for the Lady Techsters. They took their first lead of the day in the bottom of the second, drawing a walk and then advancing the runner to second on a sacrifice bunt. Following the bunt, a Lady Techster single down the left field line scored the runner on second, giving LA Tech a 2-1 advantage.
In the top of the fourth, Missouri State regained the lead after piecing together three hits and another base runner off a LA Tech throwing error. Beason kicked things off with a single through the left side, followed by an error that put runners on the corners for the Bears. Bethany Sullinger
then ripped a single through the left side of the infield to score Carsten Warner
and take a 3-2 lead.
After blanking the LA Tech in the fourth inning, two singles and a throwing error allowed three Lady Techsters to run the bases early in the fifth. LA Tech mustered three runs off three hits, taking back control of the game with a 5-3 lead.
With one out in the final inning, senior Olivia Roark
singled down the left field line followed by a walk to put runners on first and second for the Bears. Stephens brought in the final run of the game, sending a single through the left-center field gap to score Roark. With the bases loaded, LA Tech's shortstop ended the game with a skillful snag up the middle followed by a double play at second and first.
Beason (1-1) took the loss for the Bears after hurling six complete innings and recording two strikeouts against the LA Tech. Missouri State returns to the Lady Techster Softball Complex tomorrow at 9 a.m. for its first meeting against North Dakota. Live stats and live updates through twitter will be available for the game.