April 07, 20231234567RHE
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Win: Veber (11-5) 4.021111
Loss: Kowalski (1-13) 3.155512
Kehlenbrink (VALPO) 301100
Rodas (VALPO) 301000
Carroll (MUR) 322100
Schyck (MUR) 312301
Softball Drops Series Opener at Murray State
Friday, April 7, 2023
Softball Drops Series Opener at Murray State
Lauren Kehlenbrink delivered a first-inning RBI triple Friday.

For the second straight game, the Valpo softball team grabbed a first-inning lead courtesy of the bat of senior Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway), but the Beacons were unable to make that stand up, as host Murray State came back to earn a 6-1 victory.

How It Happened

  • The Beacons cracked the scoreboard in the top of the first for the second time this week. Junior Alexis Johnson (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) watched five straight pitches go by for a one-out walk, and Kehlenbrink followed with a liner to the opposite field. The Murray State right fielder made a diving attempt at it, but came up empty, and when the dust settled, Johnson had crossed the plate for a 1-0 lead and Kehlenbrink was standing on third with a triple.
  • Junior Caitlin Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) pitched around a one-out single in the first to keep the Racers off the board, but Murray State took the lead on a two-run, two-out homer in the second.
  • Valpo got the potential tying run into scoring position in the third, as Johnson reached second on a two-out error, but could not plate the run.
  • After Kowalski tossed a perfect bottom of the third, freshman Kim Rodas (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) tallied a one-out infield single in the top of the fourth. But she was left stranded on first.
  • Murray State broke the game open with a four-run fourth inning.
  • Senior Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) tossed a scoreless fifth, working through trouble after back-to-back singles to start off the frame, and then combined with freshman Lexi Szostak (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park) on a perfect sixth to keep the Racers from adding to their lead.
  • Offensively, the Beacons went down in order in each of the final three innings.

Inside the Game

  • Kehlenbrink picked up a run-scoring hit in her first at-bat for the second time this week, this one the first triple of her four-year career.
  • The senior has 10 RBIs on the season and is just two shy of 50 career RBIs.
  • Valpo was limited to just two hits on the afternoon.
  • Kowalski took the loss in the circle, while Seib tossed 2.1 innings of relief and gave up just one run.
  • The Beacons were errorless in the field, their first game with zero errors since March 15 at Illinois.

Next Up

Valpo (4-26, 1-10 MVC) continues the three-game series with the Racers on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.