Softball Drops Pair of Home Games Saturday

The Valpo softball team returned home for the first time in two weekends Saturday for an MVC doubleheader against visiting Missouri State, but the Bears came away with 8-3 and 8-0 victories.

How It Happened – Game One

-        Missouri State scored a pair of two-out runs in the first inning, and then added two more runs in the second inning on an infield grounder to go up 4-0.

-        Valpo cut the Bears’ advantage in half in the bottom of the third. Junior Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) led off the inning with an infield single and came around to score on an RBI grounder from freshman Alexis Johnson (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central). On that same play, pinch-runner Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) took advantage of MSU miscues to score and make it 4-2.

-        Valpo had the potential tying runs on base later in that inning with one out, but back-to-back outs kept the deficit at two runs.

-        Missouri State posted three runs on four hits in the top of the fifth to extend its lead to 7-2, and added its final tally on a run in the top of the seventh.

-        Valpo capped the scoring in the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back two-out hits, as senior Addi Burke (Mesquite, Texas/John Horn) extended the game with a two-out single and scored on an RBI double from freshman Ashlyn Betz (Alton, Ill./Alton).

How It Happened – Game Two

-        The Bears took the lead in their first at-bat with a pair of runs.

-        MSU added five runs in the third and one in the fifth for the final margin.

-        Junior Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) knocked a one-out single up the middle in the bottom of the third for Valpo’s lone hit of the game.

Inside the Games

-        Westphal posted three hits over the doubleheader, going 2-for-3 in the opener before tallying a base knock in the nightcap.

-        Betz (double, HBP) and sophomore Ryan Milkowski (Olathe, Kan./Olathe West) [single, walk] each reached base twice in the opener as well.

-        Valpo turned a double play in both of Saturday’s games.

Next Up

Valpo will conclude its three-game series against the Bears with a single game from the Valpo Softball Complex on Sunday morning, with first pitch slated for 11 a.m.