Southwest Baptist University softball celebrated Senior Day with a doubleheader split against visiting Pittsburg State University Tuesday afternoon, April 10, in Bolivar.
SBU won the opener 1-0 in a pitcher's duel against the Gorillas. Senior Claire Miller (12-13) shined in the first game, throwing a one-hit shutout and striking out nine.
After trading goose eggs for six innings, the Bearcats won the game in walk-off fashion with a solo home run from Lauren Strobel to centerfield on a 3-2 pitch from Pitt State's Bree Cornett.
Strobel finished 2-for-3 on the afternoon. Jaidyn Mawhinney picked up a single for SBU, as well.
Pitt State (18-27, 8-8 MIAA) won the nightcap 3-2 with a seventh-inning rally of its own.
The Gorillas went on top 2-0 with a pair of second-inning runs. SBU countered with single tallies in the third and sixth innings. Stormy Greathouse's RBI-single got the Bearcats on the board, scoring Strobel to make it 2-1 Pitt State. Morgan McMullin tied the game in the home sixth with her RBI-double to center, scoring pinch-runner Kelcee Welch.
The Gorillas got the go-ahead run in the seventh inning off a solo home run to right-center field.
The SBU offense produced seven hits in the second game, also including doubles from Payton Wildeman and Emily Hall.
Miller again got the start in the circle, allowing three earned runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out four.
The Bearcats (15-26, 5-11) head west to the Sunflower State this weekend for a pair of doubleheaders. SBU faces Emporia State at 3 p.m. Friday, April 13, then plays at Washburn University the following day. The first game at Topeka, Kansas, starts at noon.
BB: Cent. Missouri 12, Bearcats 8
SBU baseball hung tough with visiting University of Central Missouri for a second time but fell short this time at Dodson Field Wednesday afternoon, April 11. The Mules avenged an earlier loss to SBU, topping the Bearcats 12-8 in a slugfest in Bolivar.
UCM (27-10, 18-7) jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead on the Bearcats. Andrew Meier's double got SBU on the board in the home third, scoring Trevor Lofstrom to make it 4-1. The Mules stretched their lead with a five-run fourth inning for a 9-1 lead.
SBU did not back down. A two-run double from Don Roethler in the fourth inning closed the deficit to six runs at 9-3. After a UCM run in the visitors fifth, SBU tacked on three more tallies in the home half of the frame. A solo home run by Meier started the inning, followed by an RBI-single by Clint Jack to make it 10-5 Mules. Carl Schwettman later scored on a stolen base after Jack was cut down at second base following a brief run down.
Roethler capped the scoring with a two-run home run in the home eighth.
Jack finished 3-for-3 with an RBI and a double for SBU. Meier and Roethler both had two hits, with four RBIs from Roether and two more runs driven in by Meier. Both Roether and Meier recorded a double and a home run.
SBU managed 11 hits on the afternoon. Elias Czech (1-3) took the loss after working four innings, with four walks and five strike outs. Brandon Hatfield and Adam White pitched in relief for SBU.
The Bearcats (13-23, 7-16) head to Joplin for a weekend three-game set with Missouri Southern State University. The opener starts at 6 p.m. Friday, April 13, followed by two 1 p.m. starts on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15.
Golf: Central Regional Spring Preview
SBU women's golf finished 18th at the Central Region Spring Preview Tuesday in Springfield. The Bearcats posted a score of 764 at the two-round tournament.
Ashley Kelley was the low score for SBU with a 35-over 179 for the tournament. JaiDee Akers was next at 46-over 190, followed by Jacey Collins with a 48-over 192, Mary Catherine Harris at 59-over 203 and Addison Stewart posting an 83-over 227.
The women's golf team wrap up the regular season with the MIAA Golf Championships in Kansas City starting Monday, April 23. The men's golf team has one more meet prior to the MIAA Tournament at the University of Central Oklahoma Broncho Stampede in Edmond, Oklahoma, starting Monday, April 16.