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MSU softball splits doubleheader at Southeast Missouri

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The Morehead State softball team split a pair of Ohio Valley Conference games at Southeast Missouri, 7-6 and 5-4, on Sunday at the SE Softball Complex.

The split moves the Eagles to 6-11 in league action and 20-19 overall, while the Redhawks now sit at 6-13 in conference play and 14-27 overall.

In game one, senior Kayla Ashbrook and junior McKenna Bartko each homered and drove in a pair, while seniors Adrena Anderson, Anna Sommer and Sam Woodall had two hits apiece.

The teams combined for four runs off six hits in the first inning. Ashbrook hit a two-run shot over the left-field fence that accounted for the Eagles’ runs, while the Skyhawks used an RBI-single from senior Taylor Cowan and RBI-double from senior Simone Patterson to get on the board.

SEMO knocked in the go-ahead run on a single from junior Alexis Anderson and Eagle fielding error, and extended the lead on a bases loaded walk in the second. The Redhawks added two runs in the fifth on a pair of singles to left field.

The seventh-inning MSU rally started when Bartko hit her first Eagle home run, and seniors Amber Riddle and Elizabeth Wagner plated a run each. Sommer connected on what proved to be the game-winner in the frame with a single to left.

Junior Kelcey McMurray (4-6) earned the win in two innings of relief. She held the Redhawks to one hit over the final two frames. Senior Katie Pfost was tagged with five earned runs and 11 hits in the outing.

Freshman Hannah Clemons suffered the loss for SEMO to fall to 5-5 on the season.

In game two, the Redhawks used a four-run first inning, which included a pair of singles from senior Xia Wilson and freshman Chelsea Smith, to earn the victory.

Riddle was able to take one back from SEMO as she scored on a passed ball in the second, but SEMO made up for the run in the bottom of the inning when sophomore Lindsey Patterson stole home.

The Eagles closed out the scoring for the day on a single from sophomore Katie Raile in the sixth and two-run single from Sommer in the seventh.

Riddle went 3-for-4 to lead the Eagles, while Anderson, Wagner and Raile added two hits apiece.

McMurray (4-7) suffered the loss in the circle, allowing three earned runs on seven hits. Pfost racked up two innings of relief and allowed only one hit. Patterson picked up the win in the circle to move to 3-2 in 2013.

The Eagles are back in action on Wednesday at University Field when they host OVC opponent Tennessee Tech. The doubleheader is a make-up from a three-game series that was originally scheduled for March 16 and 17. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. ET. Follow live stats at MSUEagles.com and in-game twitter updates at Twitter.com/MSUAthletics.

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