Wichita State bounces back at Missouri St.

04/23/2014 6:59 AM

04/23/2014 6:59 AM

The Wichita State softball team split a doubleheader against Missouri State on Tuesday, losing the first game, 6-5, before bouncing back for a 2-1 win in the second game at Springfield, Mo.

The Shockers blew a 3-0 lead in the first game as the Bears rallied with a walk-off, RBI single in the seventh.

In the second game, Paige Luellen’s two-RBI single in the sixth inning scored Brittany Fortner and Liz Broyles and proved to be the only offense WSU (30-18, 17-4 MVC) needed. Sloan Anderson (12-11) was the winning pitcher in the second game after losing the first, going all seven innings while striking out two and giving up five hits. Fortner went 4 of 6 at the plate in the two games.

The first-place Shockers return home Saturday for a weekend series against Southern Illinois, starting with a doubleheader at noon. It is the final home series of the season for WSU.

Missouri St. 6, WSU 5

Wichita St. 000 320 0 5 7 1
Mo. St. 000 103 2 6 9 1

Two outs when winning run scored.

W — Struemph (10-8). L — Anderson (11-12). HR — WSU: Broyles (6); MSU: Jones (4).

WSU batting: Williams 0-2, Spring 0-3, Fortner 2-3, Luellen 1-3, Broyles 1-3, Mason 0-2, Greenlee 0-2, Jaegers 1-3, Hilz 0-1, Vandever 1-3, Johnson 1-2.

WSU pitching: Malone 5-2, Brooks 1 1/3-2, Anderson 1/3-1.

WSU 2, Missouri St. 1

Wichita St. 000 002 0 2 6 1
Mo. St. 000 000 1 1 5 0

W — Anderson (12-12). L — Jones (9-7).

WSU batting: Williams 1-3, Jaegers 0-3, Fortner 2-3, Broyles 0-2, Luellen 1-2, Mason 1-3, Vandever 0-2, Bond 0-1, Johnson 0-2, McCracken 0-1, Spring 1-3.

WSU pitching: Anderson 7-1.

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