No. 25 Emporia State sweeps two
Schmelzer tosses first career no-hitter in opener
EMPORIA, Kan. -- No. 25 Emporia State swept a doubleheader against Southwest Baptist on Friday at the Trusler Sports Complex. The Hornets won the matinee 19-0 in five innings and took the nightcap 8-0 in six innings.
The Hornets scored early and often in the first game, putting three runs on the board in the first inning, one in the second, eight in the third and seven in the fourth. Their 19 runs came on 17 hits with three walks and four Bearcat errors. Meanwhile Karley Schmelzer struckout five of the first seven batters she faced and tossed her first collegiate no hitter.
Angela Mahan broke the ESU career record for doubles with her 56th career two bagger in the second inning. She went three for five on the day with three runs scored and was a home run away from hitting for the cycle. Abby Hughes went three for four with five RBI and a triple. Abby Smith was two for three with four RBI.
Schmelzer ended the game with ten strikeouts and only allowed three walks as she won her sixth straight decision.
ESU didn’t match the offensive output in the second game but still came away with eight runs on seven hits with five walks and three SBU errors. Jennifer Heerey made it back to back shut outs, throwing a two hitter with six strikeouts and just one walk.
Mahan went three for four with two RBI and two runs in the second game, including her 57th career double. She is just one double away from the MIAA career record of 58 set by MSSU's Melissa Grider from 1994-96 and tied by MWSU's Amy Beverly from 2003-06. Abby Smith was one for two with three RBI and got ESU on the board early with a two run double in the first inning.
After giving up two hits, a walk and a hit batter in the first 2.2 innings, Heerey settled in and retired the final ten batters she faced.