WICHITA, Kan. - The Wichita State softball team split a pair of exhibition games Saturday at Wilkins Stadium. The Shockers defeated Cowley County, 10-4, before falling to Western Oklahoma State, 7-2.
In Saturday's opening game against Cowley County, Wichita State escaped the top of the first inning, surrendering only one run despite committing three fielding errors.
In the bottom of the inning the Shockers responded immediately when senior Danika Miller belted a lead off solo home run over the center field fence to even the score, 1-1. Consecutive two-out RBI's from Erin Carney and Brittany Fortner extended the Shocker lead to 3-1. Melanie Jaegers added a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 4-2.
A four run third inning for the Shockers blew open the game as junior Ali Vandever roped a two-run double to left center. Following Vandever's double, Miller stepped to the plate and added her second home run of the game to right field.
After Cowley added a run in the top of the sixth, senior Hayley Temple answered back with a double off the top of the wall in left center that plated Kacie Eich and Molly Baker to close out scoring for both teams.
Senior Katie Armagost got the win in the circle for the Shockers throwing four innings and allowing one earned run.
In Saturday's nightcap, Western Oklahoma St. opened the scoring in the second inning with a sacrifice fly to left field. Brianne Bond's RBI single in the bottom of the inning knotted the score, 1-1.
Jaegers gave Wichita State their only lead of the game the following inning when her single to right field went under the glove of the right fielder to score Miller all the way from first base.
A three run fifth inning gave Western Oklahoma a, 4-2, lead. The Shockers threatened in the bottom of the inning but the threat was negated when Miller was thrown out attempting to advance to third base.
The Pioneers added three insurance runs on Emery Fox's three-run home run to right center to extend the lead to the final tally, 7-2.
Wichita State is next in action Wed., Oct. 10 against Butler County. The doubleheader begins at 5 p.m. at Wilkins Stadium.