MOREHEAD, Ky. – The Morehead State softball team split the first two games of a three-game series with Ohio Valley Conference opponent Jacksonville State at University Field on Saturday. MSU took game one, 12-4, while the Gamecocks earned the 7-6 victory in game two.
The Eagles are now 17-17 overall and 3-9 in league play, while JSU is 24-18 overall and 8-6 in conference action.
Senior Katie Pfost (10-9) was the game one victor in the circle in a complete game effort. The lefty surrendered 10 hits and allowed four earned runs, while striking out six. Junior Tiffany Harbin suffered the loss for the Gamecocks to move to 13-8 on the season.
On offense, the Eagles were led by senior Amber Riddle who had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI. Senior Kayla Ashbrook added a pair of hits and an RBI, while senior Anna Sommer had three RBI.
The Gamecocks plated the first run of the contest in the top of the fourth inning off a bases loaded walk, but the Eagles had an immediate response to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning when Ashbrook hit her sixth home run of the season.
JSU regained the lead off a single and a two-RBI double in the fifth, but MSU answered again when senior Sam Woodall stole home and Riddle knocked in a run off a single up the middle. The Eagles further extended their lead when they plated two off a fielding error by the shortstop in the inning.
MSU added six insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the run-rule victory.
The Eagles kept the bats going in game two and plated five runs in the first inning. Riddle was credited with a pair of RBI on a single to center field and junior Stephanie Etter hit her first home run of the season over the left field fence to add three more to MSU’s total.
JSU picked up a pair in the top of the third on a throwing error and a single, and took the lead in the sixth off a pair of doubles, a single and a balk.
MSU was able to tie it up in the bottom of the sixth on a single from Wagner, but the Gamecocks answered in the seventh to secure the win.
Junior Greta Smeins suffered the loss to move to 4-3 on the season. Junior Kelcey McMurray was credited with three earned runs, and had three strike outs as the starter, and Pfost struck out three in two innings of relief. Junior Savanna Hennings earned the victory to move to 4-0.
At the plate, Ashbrook, senior Liz Wagner and sophomore Katie Raile each had a pair of hits, and Etter registered three RBI.
The Eagles are back in action on Sunday for the final game of the Jacksonville State series. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. ET. Follow live stats at MSUEagles.com, and in-game updates at Twitter.com/MSUAthletics.