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Missouri State013004891
Win: Steffany Dickerson (8-5) 6.040008
Loss: Nietz (1-5) 4.054421
Moeder (VALPO) 301000
Milkowski (VALPO) 201000
Kehlenbrink (VALPO) 301000
Skapyak (VALPO) 201000
Daphne Plummer (MSU) 402100
Steffany Dickerson (MSU) 312101

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Missouri State101010X351
Win: Madison Hunsaker (4-3) 7.032021
Loss: Seib (5-5) 6.053343
Moeder (VALPO) 311000
Kehlenbrink (VALPO) 301200
Tonoian (VALPO) 301000
Daphne Plummer (MSU) 312000
Softball Falls in Doubleheader at Missouri State Saturday
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Softball Falls in Doubleheader at Missouri State Saturday
Lauren Kehlenbrink had a two-RBI single in the nightcap Saturday, a double in the opener and threw out two runners attempting to steal.

The Valpo softball team was tied through four innings of its nightcap of an MVC doubleheader at Missouri State on Saturday afternoon before a solo homer in the fifth inning gave the Bears a 3-2 victory. MSU swept the twinbill as it claimed an 8-0 win in the opener as well.

How It Happened – Game One

  • Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) gave Valpo a good scoring chance in the top of the second, connecting on a leadoff double down the right-field line, but was unable to advance past second.
  • Missouri State took the lead in the bottom of the second on a solo homer.
  • Valpo looked to respond immediately, loading the bases with one out in the third on a single from Kayla Skapyak (Macomb, Mich./Dakota), an MSU error and a hit batter. Two batters later, a line drive looked destined to bring home a couple runs and give Valpo the lead, but the Bears’ third baseman made a leaping grab to keep Valpo off the board.
  • Missouri State extended its lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third on a three-run homer with two outs.
  • Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) was hit by a pitch and stole second with two outs in the fourth, but was eventually stranded at second.
  • Missouri State eventually ended the game with four runs in the sixth.

How It Happened – Game Two

  • The Bears took advantage of leadoff base hits in their half of the first and third innings to score a run apiece and take a 2-0 lead through three frames.
  • Valpo evened the score in its half of the fourth. Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) led off the inning with a single, and a subsequent MSU error put runners on second and third with nobody out. Two batters later, Kehlenbrink looped a two-run single into left to tie the game at 2-2.
  • The Beacons threatened to pull in front later in the inning, as both Addi Weaver (Shelbyville, Ind./Shelbyville) and Alexis Johnson (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) drew two-out walks to load the bases before a pop-up ended the inning.
  • The Bears regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer, which proved to be the decisive run as Valpo’s last 10 batters were retired in order.

Inside the Games

  • The loss in the nightcap was Valpo’s first of the season in a one-run game (previously 5-0).
  • Moeder tallied the 100th hit of her career in the fifth inning of game one with a line drive into center. She picked up a hit in the nightcap as well and has now registered a hit in each of Valpo’s first five MVC games this season.
  • Kehlenbrink recorded a hit in both halves of the doubleheader as well.
  • Ryan Milkowski (Olathe, Kan./Olathe West) reached base twice in the opener, registering a hit and getting hit by a pitch.
  • Westphal’s stolen base in the opener makes her a team-best 6-for-6 on the basepaths this year. On the flip side, Kehlenbrink threw out two of five MSU runners attempting to steal, including a 2-6-2 caught stealing which ended the sixth inning of game two and kept it a one-run game entering the seventh.
  • Cheyenne Nietz (Machesney Park, Ill./Harlem) started in the circle in game one and was charged with the loss, throwing the first four innings. In the nightcap, Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) went the distance for her sixth complete game of the season, scattering five hits.

Next Up

Valpo (9-13, 1-4 MVC) takes aim at concluding a conference series with a win for the second straight weekend on Sunday afternoon. The series finale at Missouri State is slated for a noon start and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.