Hours after moving into the NFCA Top 25, No. 25 Emporia State knocked off its third consecutive nationally ranked team with a 3-1 victory against No. 11 West Texas A&M in the first game of a double header at Ann Lacy Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Hornets then saw their 14-game winning streak snapped with a 2-1 loss to the Lady Buffs in the nightcap.
Karley Schmelzer won her third consecutive game against a nationally-ranked team by tossing a four hitter in the matinee. She gave up one run on a lead off homer in the bottom of the second, but only allowed four other base runners as she struckout nine with no walks in seven innings of work. ESU trailed 1-0 heading into the sixth inning when Andrea Piezuch was hit by a pitch to open the inning. She moved to second on Angela Mahan’s sac bunt and went to third on Jessica Brewer’s single up the middle. Abby Hughes then delivered a single to center to score both runners and give ESU a 2-1 lead. The Hornets tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Alyssa Miller laced a one-out double to right center and went to third on Piezuch’s single. Miller gave ESU a 3-1 lead when she stole home as part of a double steal.
Schmelzer retired 14 of the last 16 batters she faced and ended the game with back-to-back strikeouts for ESU. Offensively Brewer was two for three with a walk and a run scored. Piezuch was one-for-one with a walk and hit by pitch and scored a run. Abby Hughes went one-for-four with two RBI.
The second game saw only one earned run scored in the 2-1 West Texas win. The Lady Buffs had the bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the second and were only able to get one run as Jennifer Heerey got two strike outs and caught a come backer around a single. ESU tied the game in the top of the fourth when Abby Hughes reached base and went to second on a throwing error. Hughes stole third and came home when Abby Smith reached on a fielding error. The Lady Buffs took the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Whitney Midkiff singled with one out and advanced to third on error in right field. After Heerey gave up a walk to put runners at first and third, Lauren Sharp came in and gave up a sac fly to center to score Midkiff before ending the inning with a strikeout.
Heerey took the loss, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits with seven strike outs and five walks. Angela Mahan had a single in the sixth and was stranded a second while Kaitlin Martin had a two out, pinch hit single in the seventh for ESU’s only two hits.