WICHITA, Kan. – Danika Miller went 5-for-8 with two doubles and Melanie Jaegers went 4-for-9 with two home runs, but Missouri State prevailed in a pair of late inning comebacks to sweep Wednesday evening’s doubleheader at Wilkins Stadium.
Game 1 – Missouri State 12, Wichita State 9
Melanie Jaegers gave the Shockers a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a line drive solo home run to left field that hit off the top of the scoreboard.
Abby Furstenberg and Danika Miller extended the Shocker lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the second with back-to-back two-out RBI doubles. Furstenberg’s double sailed over the head of the Missouri State right fielder to plate Laura Vickers all the way from first. Miller brought Furstenberg in from second on the next pitch placing a double into the gap in left centerfield.
Dual-threat catcher Jaegers ended the top half of the third throwing out her 14th base runner of the season cutting down Kirstin Cutter trying to advance to second base with two outs.
Following a leadoff walk to the Bears’ Ashley Brentz, Heather Duckworth doubled to the gap in right centerfield to cut the Shocker lead to 3-1. Mary Stephens followed with a RBI single off of Armagost’s left leg allowing pinch runner Ciara Flau to score from second. Stevie Pierce and Stacia Boeckstiegel kept Missouri State’s big inning going with back-to-back home runs to give the Bears a 5-3 lead with no outs. The inning made its way back around to Duckworth who lined out to second base to end the inning with the bases loaded.
The two teams continued to trade punches as Wichita State answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI single from Vickers scored Hayley Temple from second to cut the Shocker deficit to 5-4. Danika Miller followed with a sharply hit single back at Missouri State relief pitcher Chelsea Jones that Jones luckily got a piece of her glove on sending the ball towards the first base line allowing Furstenberg to score from third tying the game 5-5. Jaegers followed two batters later with her second RBI of the game, this time on a blooper over the head of the shortstop to score Miller and give WSU a 6-5 lead.
Missouri State took the lead right back in the top of the fifth with a two-RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of Lauren Eisenreich to right field. Caitlin Chapin added a solo home run to left to extend the Bears lead to 8-6.
In the bottom of the fifth Brianne Bond hit her second home run of the season, this a two-run shot to right field to tie the game 8-8.
The Bears again grabbed the lead in the sixth when consecutive successful squeeze attempts netted two runs to put MSU up 10-8. Chapin followed with a two-run double off the wall in centerfield adding two more runs for the Bears, doubling the lead to 12-8.
Furstenberg singled home Temple in the bottom of the seventh to close out scoring.
Game 2 – Missouri State 7, Wichita State 6 (8-innings)
Jaegers again put the Shockers ahead in game two, this time with a two-run home run to left in the bottom of the third inning.
Missouri State appeared to be in great position to cut into the 2-0 Shocker lead in the fourth with runners on second and third with Pierce at the plate and one out. Pierce lofted a fly ball into left field that Shocker left fielder Brittany Fortner camped under and fired a strike to Jaegers behind the plate to throw out Ashley Brentz tagging from third to end the inning.
Wichita State doubled its lead in the bottom of the fourth courtesy of a RBI single from Miller and a RBI fielder’s choice from Jaegers to put WSU up 4-0.
Kirstin Cutter’s RBI single followed by a sacrifice fly from Brentz in the top of the fifth cut the WSU lead in half, but the Shockers responded in the bottom half of the inning. Carney scored on a wild pitch and Danika Miller doubled home Vickers to the gap in left centerfield regaining a four-run lead, 6-2, after five innings.
The back-and-forth nature of game one reared its head in the sixth inning of game two as Missouri State scored four runs to tie the game 6-6.
With neither team scoring in the seventh, the Bears took the lead in the eighth when Chapin scored all the way from first on a throwing error from Jaegers on a sacrifice bunt.
Jaegers nearly came back to provide the ultimate redemption in the bottom of the eighth. With Miller on first base and one out, Jaegers hit a shot down the left field line that tracked Lauren Eisenreich all the way to the fence where the senior outfielder made an improbable running catch in the corner. Eisenreich then doubled off Miller at first base to end the game.
Wichita State will be back in Wilkins Stadium tomorrow at 5 p.m. for a doubleheader with Oklahoma State.