Bowling Green, Ky. – Shawnee State softball won their opener of the Mid-South Conference Tournament on Friday afternoon, rallying for three in the bottom of the sixth to win 4-1 over five seed Pikeville.
Shawnee State would use small ball to open the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Marisa Brown (SO/Liberty Township, Ohio) would lead off the inning with a single, and be followed by a Mackenzie Riley (SO/Proctorville, Ohio) single to advance to second. Katie Wolsefer (FR/Franklin, Ohio) would ground out to the pitcher's mound to advance both baserunners. Haley Rawlins (FR/South Point, Ohio) would then drive Brown in with a groundout to first to make the score 1-0.
The score would remain at 1-0 until the top of the sixth inning, when Pikeville would tie the game. With one out in the inning, Jillian Bohnert would hit a solo home run on the first pitch of her at-bat to tie the game at one.
Shawnee State would rally in the bottom of the sixth inning for three runs. Ashtyn Saunders (FR/Lancaster, Ohio) would lead off the inning with a bunt single, would advance to second on the play on a wild throw by Bohnert, and would then reach third when Kelsey Prater would bobble the ball retrieving the throw. Saunders would then score on a passed ball by Destiny Molden to give SSU the lead back. Katlyn Gleich (SO/Grove City, Ohio) would then single, and pinch runner Victoria Bevington (FR/London, Ohio) would steal second base. Kayla Koch (JR/Lucasville, Ohio) would then walk, and both runners would move up a base on a wild pitch by Hannah Skaggs. Tara Duncan (SR/Lancaster, Ohio) would single to third to load the bases with nobody out. After a flyout by Brown, Mackenzie Riley would reach base on an error by Jordan Gentry, allowing Bevington to score. Two batters later, Miranda Melvin (SR/Oak Hill, Ohio) would be hit by a pitch, allowing pinch runner Madi Phillips (SO/Portsmouth, Ohio) to score SSU's fourth run to put the game away.
Brooke Blevins (FR/Frankfort, Ohio) would be outstanding for Shawnee State, as the second team All-MSC pitcher would allow only one run on six hits and strike out five in six innings to get the win. Hannah Skaggs allowed four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings to take the loss. A perfect inning of relief by McKenzie Whittaker (SO/McDermott, Ohio) would earn her the save.
Shawnee State improves to 24-22 on the year with the win. Pikeville falls to 18-31.
Shawnee State will play again later this afternoon at 4:00pm against top seed Lindsey Wilson.