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Win: Gracie Johnston (10-5) 3.030023
Loss: Kowalski (1-12) 1.027430
Alex Boze (MSU) 212000
Kim DeBold (MSU) 222000
McKayla Carney (MSU) 322300
Johnson (VALPO) 101000
Hecker (VALPO) 201000
Crompton (VALPO) 201000
Sena (VALPO) 111101

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Win: Mackenzie Chacon (5-3) 6.061014
Loss: Seib (2-12) 7.095522
Tess Weakly (MSU) 413200
Herschbach (VALPO) 402100
Kehlenbrink (VALPO) 302000
Softball Falls in Doubleheader Against Missouri State
Sunday, April 2, 2023
Softball Falls in Doubleheader Against Missouri State
Lauren Sena completes her home run trot Sunday.

The Valpo softball team closed out its three-game series against Missouri State on Sunday from the Valpo Softball Complex, dropping a pair of games to the Bears by final scores of 18-1 and 5-2. Sophomore Lauren Sena (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) connected on her first collegiate home run in the opener.

How It Happened – Game One

  • The Beacons retired the Bears in order in the top of the first, but Missouri State put eight runs on the board in the second.
  • Valpo tried to cut into the deficit in the bottom of the second, as a double from junior Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) was followed by a single and a stolen base by junior Emily Crompton (Salem, Ill./Christ Our Rock Lutheran) to put two runners in scoring position with one out. Back-to-back strikeouts kept the Beacons off the board, though.
  • Missouri State pushed across three more runs in the third. Valpo again threatened in its turn at bat, loading the bases with one out on a pair of walks and a hit batter, but was unable to get anybody across the plate.
  • Missouri State scored three more runs in the fourth and four in the fifth to cap its scoring.
  • The Beacons cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth as Sena stepped to bat with two outs and lifted a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left-center for her first career home run.

How It Happened – Game Two

  • Starting pitcher Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) retired six of the seven Bears she faced in the first two innings, holding MSU off the scoreboard.
  • Missouri State broke through in the third with a two-out, two-run single to take the lead. The Bears extended their advantage to 4-0 in the fourth on a squeeze bunt which turned into two runs.
  • The Beacons put a run of their own on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) led off the inning with a single, and pinch-runner Lyna Vasquez (Moreno Valley, Calif./Valley View) eventually scored on a two-out infield single from freshman Kaia Garnica (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central).
  • The Bears pushed their lead to 5-1 in the top of the fifth on a sun-aided RBI single.
  • Valpo looked for a rally in its final turn at the plate. Down to the final out, sophomore Kaiah Fenters (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) fouled off numerous two-strike pitches before drawing a walk. Fifth-year Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) followed by drilling a pitch to the right-center gap for an RBI triple, cutting MSU’s lead to 5-2. But with the potential tying run on deck, a strikeout ended the game.

Inside the Games

  • Sena’s homer in the opener was not only her first career long ball, it was the first hit of her collegiate career.
  • Batting out of the leadoff spot for the first time since March 27, 2021, Herschbach had a pair of extra-base hits in the nightcap, pairing her RBI triple with a double. It was the first time in her career she has tallied multiple extra-base hits in the same game.
  • Kehlenbrink also had a multi-hit nightcap, going 2-for-3.
  • Crompton picked up hits in both games, going 2-for-5 on the day.
  • Seib went the distance in the circle in the series finale, her third complete game of the season.

Next Up

Valpo (3-25, 0-3 MVC) spends the next nine games on the road, starting with a single game Tuesday evening at UIC at 5 p.m. The matchup with the Flames is slated for broadcast on ESPN+.