SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The trio of Abby Furstenberg, Danika Miller and Hayley Temple each went 2-for-3 at the plate but it was not enough as Missouri State completed a season sweep of the Shockers, 5-3, scoring at least one run in each of the games first four innings Tuesday evening in Springfield.
Missouri State put the first run on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning on Ashley Brentz single up the middle. Kirstin Cutter scored on the play to give the Bears a 1-0 lead before the Shockers were able to register an out.
The Bears added two more runs in the second to extend its lead to 3-0 – first on a squeeze play by Cutter back to the pitcher scored Lauren Eisenrich from third. Brentz followed with her second RBI in as many innings, a groundout to third base plating Caitlin Chapin.
In the bottom of the third the home team scored for the third straight inning to make it 4-0 when starting pitcher Chelsea Jones was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Danika Miller scored the Shockers first run of the game in the top of the fourth scoring from second on an infield single by Ali Vandever to the Bears shortstop. The ball squirted away from the shortstop allowing Miller to come all the way around.
Missouri State regained a four run lead in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out RBI single just inside the first base bag by Amber Dreher.
Jones escaped a bases loaded one-out jam in the top of the fifth surrendering only a single run on a RBI groundout to second base by Miller. Erin Carney followed with a groundout to second to end the threat.
Furstenberg singled home Temple in the sixth to cut the WSU deficit to 5-3 and the Shockers brought the game-tying run to the plate in the seventh after Melanie Jaegers reached on a fielding error by the MSU third baseman Bethany Sullinger. Miller and Carney hit consecutive deep fly ball outs to center to end the game.
Wichita State will travel to Lawrence, Kan. for one game with Kansas tomorrow at 6 p.m. before closing out regular season play with a three-game series Saturday and Sunday at Creighton.