The Missouri Western softball team were able to win both games against Lincoln University at Heritage Park last Tuesday.
In the first game Western was led by strong pitching, as Allison Jones pitched a complete game shutout. They also had no trouble hitting the ball, as they sent a season-high 15 runs across the plate.
“We got our legs under us this game and played well,” head coach Jen Bagley said.
The Griffons had 14 hits in the game and only three starters went without a hit. Left Fielder Toni Dance led the team with four runs batted in, as she went 2-3 on the day. On the mound, pitcher Allison Jones went five strong innings, giving up only three hits, zero walks and three strikeouts. Jones improved to (6-5) on the season.
In the other dugout pitcher Olivia Durrell had one of her worst games of the season, pitching four innings and surrendering 15 runs. She gave up four walks and managed to get three strikeouts and fell to (1-12) on the season. Left fielder Karen Plaster led Lincoln with two hits and third basemen Brenda Siegler had their only other hit. After this loss, Lincoln fell to (3-21) on the season and Missouri Western improved to (17-14).
In game two of the double-header Lincoln was able to keep it close, but still came up short and lost 3-0. The Griffons had five hits in this game, but once again were led by strong pitching. Lincoln managed one hit in this one from shortstop Jessica Moore.
Leading the way again was left fielder Toni Dance. She went 2-3 with one run batted in. Shortstop Ashley Hudson also had two hits in the game and second baseman Shannon Pivovar had Western’s only other hit.
“We are getting better at not leaving too many runners on base,” Bagley said.
The star of this game though was pitcher Carla Anderson. Anderson pitched all seven innings, giving up the one hit, with no walks and striking out one. Anderson improved her record to (3-3) on the year. Missouri Western improved to (18-14) on the season and Lincoln fell to (3-22).
Later on in the week Missouri Western won both games of a double header with Southwest Baptist, winning the first game 4-2 and the second game 7-2. Then on Saturday the Griffons split a double header with Central Missouri, winning the first game 12-2, but fell short in the second game 5-1. After a week full of games the Griffons now stand at (21-15) overall and (7-3) in the MIAA.