Over the past week, the Shawnee State softball squad posted mixed results as the Bears fell to Georgetown by a 3-2 tally in game one and a 9-1 count in five innings in game two on Tuesday evening. SSU, however, recovered from the in-conference losses on Wednesday as the Bears swept Ohio Christian University by 7-0 and 10-1 counts.
In the first contest against Georgetown, the Tigers scored two in the bottom of the first to take control early on. Kara Howard doubled home Chelsae Osborne and scored herself two batters later on Corrin Robinson’s double. Georgetown then added another run in the bottom of the sixth when Hannah Howes would single in Katie Young.
The insurance run proved to be big as Shawnee State rallied in the top of the seventh. Kayla Koch reached on a leadoff single, and immediately scored when Tara Duncan hit a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 3-2. MacKenzie Riley then singled and reached second base on Haley Rawlins’ bunt, but Georgetown’s Hannah Morton, who replaced starting pitcher Audrey Dodd following the bunt, struck out Katie Wolsefer and got Miranda Melvin to fly out to end the game.
Dodd threw 6.1 effective innings for Georgetown, allowing only two runs on four hits and only tripping up in the top of the seventh. Brooke Blevins put together an impressive performance for Shawnee State in her own right, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings. Hannah Morton would get a two-out save following her replacement of Dodd in the circle.
Game two started off well for Shawnee State as the Bears took an early lead. Ashtyn Saunders led off the game with a single and advanced to third on a bobble by Katie Young. Saunders then scored on Katlyn Gleich’s squeeze bunt.
However, the one run was all that Shawnee State could muster as Georgetown rallied to take the lead in the bottom of the first. Sydney Goyette tied the game with a single to score Chaselyn Allgeier, and Allison Watson scored Kara Howard and Goyette on a two-run single. Georgetown added four in the third and two in the fifth to run-rule the Bears.
Kara Howard threw four innings to get the win for Georgetown, allowing one run on five hits. McKenzie Whittaker allowed seven runs on eight hits in three innings to take the loss.
Wednesday, however, was a completely different story.
At first, the opening contest against Ohio Christian got off to a quiet start as neither team scored in the first three innings. However, the Bears followed by exploding for five runs in the fourth. With runners on second and third, Saunders singled to bring home both runs, which put Shawnee State up 2-0. Saunders then scored one batter later on Gleich’s single. Tara Duncan (SR/Lancaster, Ohio) would single home Gleich after Marisa Brown (SO/Liberty Township, Ohio) singled and Kayla Koch (JR/Lucasville, Ohio) walked to load the bases, and Brown would score when Mackenzie Riley (SO/Proctorville, Ohio) would reach on a throwing error.
With runners on second and third, Saunders singled to bring home both runs, which put Shawnee State up 2-0. Saunders then scored one batter later on Gleich’s single. Duncan singled home Gleich after Marisa Brown singled and Koch walked to load the bases. Brown then capped off the inning by scoring on a throwing error.
Shawnee State closed out the affair by adding one run apiece in the sixth and the seventh. Riley drove in her second RBI of the day in the sixth, singling home pinch runner Victoria Bevington. Brown then reentered in the seventh for Bevington, and singled to drive in Saunders and cap the scoring.
Seven runs were more than enough for Alyssa Halpin, who would allow no runs on three hits and strike out five in six innings for the win. Lexi Williams would get hit for the loss by allowing four runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings.
Game two was all Shawnee State from the start as the Bears run-ruled Ohio Christian in five innings. The first inning started with a bang as SSU hit back-to-back homers, with Victoria Bevington and Marisa Brown both going yard to make the score 3-0 Bears.
After two quick outs in the top of the second, Ashtyn Saunders walked to reach base. Victoria Bevington reached second on a dropped fly ball, with Saunders moving to third, and both base runners scored on Marisa Brown’s RBI single to make it 5-0.
After Ohio Christian got a run back in the bottom of the second, Shawnee State put the game to bed by getting five runs in the fifth as a bases-loaded single by Saunders and a bases-clearing double by Brown made it 10-1 SSU. Shawnee State held OCU scoreless for three more innings to earn the win.
McKenzie Whittaker (SO/McDermott, Ohio) allowed one run on two hits in four innings of work to get the win for Shawnee State. D’Lani Swackhammer would allow three runs on three hits without recording an out to take the loss.
With the wins, Shawnee State improves to 14-15 on the season. Ohio Christian falls to 2-19. The duo will get together for another doubleheader at Boone Coleman Field, which will begin Tuesday at 3 p.m.