No. 16 ESU sweeps Central Missouri
Martin's game-winning homer propels Hornets past Jennies
Emporia, Kan. -- No. 16 Emporia State moved into a tie for first place in the MIAA with a pair of one run victories against Central Missouri on StrikeOut Cancer Day at the Trusler Sports Complex on Tuesday. The Hornets won the first game 2-1 and took the nightcap 7-6 to improve to 26-7 overall and 7-1 in the MIAA.
Runs were hard to come by in the matinee as the two teams combined to leave 14 runners on base. The Hornets struck first when Taylor Reichard singled Abby Hughes home in the fourth inning. The Jennies evened the score with a Brittany Martin RBI single in the sixth. ESU's Kaitlin Martin then hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth for her second game winning homer in five days. She had homered in the eighth at Ft. Hays State on Friday to give the Hornets a 4-3 win.
Karley Schmelzer picked up her ninth consecutive win allowing one run on seven hits with nine strikeouts. Martin was two for two with an RBI and run scored while Abby Hughes went two for three with a run scored in game one.
The second game saw the score tied four times after ESU took a 1-0 lead in the first. Abby Smith drove in Angela Mahan, who had tripled to lead off the inning, with a sac fly to give ESU the early lead. UCM answered with a single run in the second on Brittany Martin's RBI double. Kaitlin Martin gave the Hornets a 2-1 lead iwth an RBI single of her own in the third inning. The Jennies tied the score at 2-2 with an unearned run in the fourth.
Mahan put ESU ahead with a two run homer in the bottom of the fourth. UCM came back in the top f the fifth with two more unearned runs on a double by Katie Groves and ground out by Ashlea Bengtson after two Jennie had reached on errors with one out. The Hornets regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Taylor Reichard drove in Amanda Self with a single up the middle.
Paige Ladenburger took over for starter Jennifer Heerey to start the sixth. After getting two outs around a Kasey Martin walk, she gave up three singles including a Brandi Campbell RBI single to tie the score at 5-5. Lauren Sharp came on in relief and got a ground out to leave the bases full of Jennies. Mahan then hit the first pitch of the bottom of the sixth over the wall in left field for her second straight home run and a 6-5 ESU lead. The Hornets then got an insurance run when Abby Smith executed a squeeze bunt that scored Hughes from third. With one out in the top of the seventh, the Jennies put together three straight hits capped with an RBI double by Kasey Martin that made the score 7-6. Sharp then struck out Brittany Martin and got Brittany Rozier to fly out to right to end the game.
Mahan led the Hornet offense in the second game, going three for three with three RBI, three runs, two homers and a triple. Smith was one for one with two RBI as well. Sharp picked up the win going the final 1.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits.