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EVANSVILLE, Ind. –
The Missouri State softball Bears moved back into second place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings Friday with a doubleheader sweep of home standing Evansville.
The Bears (22-14, 7-4 MVC) earned a 4-1 victory in nine innings in game one before claiming a 7-6, eight-inning win in a chilly nightcap.
picked up a nine-inning, complete-game victory in the opener before securing her third save of the year in the second game to highlight a solid MSU performance.
For the doubleheader, Missouri State pounded out 17 hits, while its pitchers surrendered just five earned runs.
Evansville (11-21, 4-6 MVC) was led by Mea Adams with three hits on the day.
Missouri State 4, Evansville 1 (9 inn.)
Missouri State got a complete-game effort from Griesbauer and smacked a pair of extra-inning homers to take game one, 4-1, in nine innings.
Griesbauer (6-2) allowed just one run in nine innings of work, a career high, and surrendered just four singles to keep the home club in check.
With the game tied 1-1, the Bears got a leadoff home run in the ninth by catcher Darian Frost
– her fourth of the campaign – to take their first lead of the contest. Two batters later, Kelly Metter
blasted a two-run homer to left to make it a 4-1 game.
Metter's third long ball of the year was part of a five-hit ninth for Missouri State against UE starter Morgan Florey.
Florey (8-10) struck out 12 and walked three in a complete-game effort.
Griesbauer retired the Aces in order in the bottom of the ninth to pick up her third MVC victory.
Evansville capitalized on a pair of first-inning walks to start the game's scoring. A fielder's choice grounder by Elyse Hickey plated the Aces' only run before Griesbauer and the Bears ended the threat with a 1-6-3-4 double play to escape the early jam.
MSU tied the game in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Madison Hunsaker
that scored pinch-runner Sara Jones
. The inning started with a single to right by Madison Jones
who was moved into scoring position on a groundout by Daphne Plummer
Hunsaker was 2-for-4 in the first game, while Madison Jones
reached base three times.
Missouri State 7, Evansville 6 (8 inn.)
A furious four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh by Evansville tied game two, but the Bears capitalized on UE's sixth error of the game to plate the winning run in the eighth inning in a 7-6 Missouri State victory.
Hunsaker started the winning rally by reaching on an error by the Evansville third baseman, McKenzie Johnson. Metter then sacrificed Hunsaker into scoring position before Beason grounded out to third. On the play, Hunsaker advanced to third, but an errant return throw from first base got away from the Aces, allowing her to score the winning run.
(8-3) struck out the first Evansville batter she faced in the eighth. She later gave way to Griesbauer after a pair of singles by the Purple Aces. Griesbauer induced a ground ball to second and a comebacker she handled herself to end the threat and give MSU the doubleheader sweep.
finished 4-for-4 with 3 RBI in the win for MSU.
The wild victory seemed in hand just an inning earlier before Evansville rallied from a 6-2 deficit in the seventh to tie it. A three-run homer by Florey with nobody out gave new life to the Aces. Kelley then relieved Steffany Dickerson
who struck out six in 4.2 innings of relief.
Kelley struck out the first batter she faced then walked the next two. A dramatic catch by Frost up against the MSU dugout secured the second out in the seventh, but an RBI single to center by Adams knotted the score, 6-6. Frost was called for obstruction on the play, permitting Johnson to score, but she showed composure and gunned down Jaime Nurrenbern who was trying to take third, ending the inning.
The momentum of the head's up play by Frost carried over into the eighth when MSU scored the winning run.
The Bears, who tallied 10 hits in the game, started the barrage in the second by plating three runs to take the early advantage. A leadoff triple by Metter off the top of the wall in right center got things started. Beason drove her home moments later. Later in the inning, Plummer walked with the bases loaded to make it 2-0, and then Frost was hit by the next pitch to make it 3-0.
Evansville responded in the home half of the second with a two-run homer by Johnson on a 1-0 pitch – her fifth of the season – to chase MSU starter Hunsaker and make it a 3-2 game.
MSU reliever Dickerson was up to the task and got the Bears out of the second-inning scuffle with an inning-ending strikeout. She then fanned two in the third, two in the fifth and one in the sixth to sustain Missouri State's advantage.
Vigneaux reached all five times and scored three runs for Missouri State.
Erika Velasquez Zimmer
's stolen base in the second inning was the 59th
of her career to move into a tie with Kate Madden (1993-96) for the club's all-time lead.
Coming Up Next
Due to expected weather in Evansville, the Bears and Aces are scheduled to play the third game of their series Saturday at 2 p.m., a change from the original 11 a.m. start time.
MSU will then host Oklahoma State Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Killian Stadium before resuming Valley play at home against Bradley next Saturday and Sunday.
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