Redhawks Split Final Two Games At Blues City Classic
Feb. 25, 2007
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - After being washed out the day before, Southeast Missouri State softball posted a split of its final two games Sunday at the Blues City Classic in Southaven, Miss. The Redhawks (2-2) fell to Evansville (6-1) by a score of 3-2 before ending the tournament on a good note with an 11-1, five-inning victory over Central Arkansas (6-8).
In the Evansville game, the Purple Aces claimed a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth on a solo home run by sophomore Lisa Fehlman to left field off junior pitcher Elaine Fisher (St. Peters, Mo./Francis Howell North). Fehlman struck again in the top of the sixth to give Evansville a 2-0 advantage with an RBI single that scored junior Laura Rather, who reached base on an infield error to open the inning.
The Redhawks bounced back to tie the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth as freshman second baseman Jennifer Vasquez (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado) and junior shortstop Megan McDonald (Cape Girardeau, Mo./Cape Central), who reached base on consecutive singles, were brought home by a double to center from freshman designated hitter Stacia Dopudja (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic).
Evansville regained the lead at 3-2 in the top of the seventh on an RBI single up the middle by sophomore Kristin Shirk that scored fellow classmate Amanda Ockomon from second base after she opened the inning with a double.
Dopudja was one of four Southeast players to record a hit in addition to her two RBI. Fisher (0-2) garnered five strikeouts in seven innings of work, while allowing three runs on eight hits.
Fehlman led Evansville with a 3-for-3 day at the plate with two RBI, while Ockomon and Shirk added a pair of hits, respectively. Sophomore Ashley Hobbs (2-0) captured the win after posting two strikeouts and allowed a hit in two innings of relief.
The Redhawks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over Central Arkansas in the second game as junior third baseman Michelle Summers (Glendale, Calif./Hoover) blasted a leadoff homer and senior center fielder Lindsay Pickering (St. Charles, Mo./St. Charles West HS) connected on an RBI sacrifice fly to bring home Vasquez. Southeast added three more runs on a homer from McDonald to left field in the second inning for a 5-0 lead. The Bears sliced their deficit to 5-1 in the top of the third after freshman Hannah Ambrose plated senior Amy Sperle from third with a sacrifice fly.
The Redhawks tallied three more runs in the bottom of the fourth on a solo homer from McDonald and a two-run single by Dopudja to increase their lead to 8-1. A three-run homer from Pickering in the bottom of the fifth provided for the final runs for Southeast.
McDonald hit 3-for-3 with three RBI and Pickering went 2-for-4 with four RBI to lead the Redhawks. Bradley (2-0) posted her second straight victory as she allowed one run on four hits and posted five strikeouts in a complete game.
Sperele led Central Arkansas offensively by going 2-for-3 at the plate, while freshman Kati Beth Billingsley (1-2) took the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits in one and two-third innings of work.
Bradley and McDonald gained All-Tournament team honors for their play this weekend in the tournament.
The Redhawks head to St. Louis next weekend for the SLU Benefit for Breast Cancer, beginning March 3 with a contest against UMKC at noon.