April 18, 2021123456RHE
Missouri State105101880
Win: Gracie Johnston (4-3) 2.010002
Loss: Knight (0-1) 2.021112
Kelly Metter (MSU) 302000
Moeder (VALPO) 301000
Herschbach (VALPO) 301000
Beckemeyer (VALPO) 201000
Softball Falls in Series Finale to Missouri State
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Softball Falls in Series Finale to Missouri State
Taylor Knight surrendered just one run in two innings of work Sunday and stranded a pair of runners in scoring position.

The Valpo softball team closed out its MVC home series Sunday at the Valpo Softball Complex against Missouri State, with the visiting Bears coming away 8-0 victors.

How It Happened

  • Missouri State scored a run in the first two batters into the game. Later in the frame, with runners on second and third and nobody out, junior Taylor Knight (Omaha, Neb./Elkhorn South) recorded back-to-back strikeouts and then induced a grounder to limit the Bears to one run.
  • The Valpo defense turned a double play in the second inning, as a ground ball to short turned into two outs when Ryan Milkowski (Olathe, Kan./Olathe West) threw across the diamond to third to catch the MSU runner on base trying to advance from second to third.
  • Missouri State struck for five runs in the top of the third, including a grand slam from Darian Frost.
  • The Bears added a solo homer in the fourth and a sacrifice fly in the sixth for the final margin.

Inside the Game

  • Defensively, Valpo turned a double play in all three games of this weekend’s series.
  • Junior Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) picked up a double in the sixth inning, her first two-bagger since March 1, 2020.
  • Juniors Kate Beckemeyer (Forsyth, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth [Parkland]) and Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) each registered base hits Sunday as well.

Next Up

Valpo is scheduled to play a mid-week doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Loyola starting at 2 p.m. With the potential for weather-related game changes, watch ValpoAthletics.com and @ValpoSoftball on Twitter for any updates.