March 31, 2023123456RHE
Missouri State0214029110
Win: Gracie Johnston (9-5) 4.030012
Loss: Kowalski (1-11) 2.032202
Olivia Krehbiel (MSU) 422000
Annie Mueller (MSU) 412000
Kenzie Derryberry (MSU) 312100
Herschbach (VALPO) 301000
Johnson (VALPO) 301000
Fenters (VALPO) 201000
Beacons Drop Series Opener to Missouri State
Friday, March 31, 2023
Beacons Drop Series Opener to Missouri State
Alexis Johnson retiring a Missouri State player Friday.

The Valpo softball team returned home to the Valpo Softball Complex on Friday, falling in its MVC series opener to visiting Missouri State, 9-0.

How It Happened

  • Valpo starting pitcher Caitlin Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) retired the Bears in order in the top of the first.
  • Missouri State connected on a two-run homer in the second and then scored an unearned run in the third to pull ahead, 3-0.
  • The Beacons got their first runner in scoring position in the bottom of the third as sophomore Kaiah Fenters (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) led off the frame with an infield single and moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt. She was stranded on second, however.
  • The Bears broke the game open in the fourth with a four-run inning.
  • Junior Emily Crompton (Salem, Ill./Christ Our Rock Lutheran) led off the fifth with a walk and advanced to second on a groundout. Much like Fenters in the third, though, Crompton was unable to advance past second.
  • Missouri State closed the scoring with a pair of runs in the sixth.

Inside the Game

  • The Beacon offense had a baserunner in each of the six innings (three hits, two walks, one hit by pitch), but was unable to get any of them to third base.
  • After missing the first 25 games of the season due to injury, freshman Kaia Garnica (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) made her collegiate debut on Friday, starting at designated player. Garnica reached base for the first time when she was hit by a pitch in the sixth.
  • Freshman Kim Rodas (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) saw her seven-game on-base streak come to an end Friday.

Next Up

Valpo (3-23, 0-7 MVC) will close out the three-game series against Missouri State with a doubleheader on Sunday. First pitch of game one is slated for noon.