Jennies offense explodes for 20 runs in sweep of No. 14 Missouri Western

Written by Muleskinner Staff

Season Stats
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) – The Jennies offense carried them to their second consecutive sweep of a ranked opponent. UCM scored 20 runs and collected 26 hits on their way to 12-1 and 8-6 wins over #14 Missouri Western. They slugged four home runs, three in game two, and drove in 11 two-out RBI.
The wins improve the Jennies to 28-10 on the season and 10-2 in the MIAA.
Game One: UCM 12, MWSU 1
The Jennies offense handed Katie Shockley a 6-0 lead before she even went to the circle. UCM did all of their damage with two outs and capitalized on a Griffons miscue.
Lindsey Dawson and Jakki Prater worked back-to-back one-out walks and with two outs and the inning continued on a Missouri Western error. The Jennies made them pay by collecting six straight hits with two outs to score all six runs in the frame. Carlie Rose, Katie Giacone,Keelia Martin, Ali Jo Rogers and Lindsey Dawson all had run-scoring hits in the inning.
UCM tallied another run in the second on Lauren Mabe‘s third home run of the season, a solo shot to left field.
The Jens offense continued to pour it on, coming up with a five-run fourth. Martin had the biggest hit, a two-RBI single, while Mabe, Giacone and Rogers all picked up an RBI.
The Griffons spoiled Shockley’s shutout bid in the fourth, scoring on a two-out double, but she coasted to her 11th win of the season. For Shockley it was also her 30th career victory. She pitched a five-inning complete game allowing just the one run on six hits while striking out one and walking two. She now has wins in her last seven starts and has allowed just four earned runs in 44 innings during that stretch.
On the offensive side, eight of the nine Jennies starters tallied a hit and seven crossed home plate. Rose led the way going 3-for-4 whileKatie Giacone and Keelia Martin each picked up three RBI. Mabe had a game-high three runs scored.
Game Two: UCM 8, MWSU 6
UCM again jumped out to an early lead, collecting three straight two-out hits in the first, the last a run-scoring single from Rose to go up 1-0.
The Griffons answered in the bottom of the inning, scoring three to take their first lead. Paige Shifflett hit a two-run home run to cap the scoring for MWSU.
Missouri Western tacked on another in the bottom of the second, leading off the inning with a solo home run from Rebekah Mueller for a 4-1 lead.
The score remained that way until the fifth when the Jennies launched back-to-back homers from Giacone and Martin. For Giacone it was her team-high tying fourth of the season and for Martin, it was the first in her two-year career.
The Jennies then took their first lead since the first inning with a three-run sixth. UCM again did its damage with two outs in the inning. After the first two batters reached, MWSU retired the following two. It was Martin again, coming up big with a single to tie the game. Madison Hoodcame up as a pinch hitter with two on and two out and delivered a double to right center to drive home two more, giving the Jens a 6-4 lead.
Missouri Western chipped away getting a run back in the sixth on Tiffany Gillaspy’s RBI double.
The Jens added a couple of insurance runs one on Mabe’s second home run of the day and the other when Leonhart scored on a Griffon error. They proved to be the difference as MWSU scored one on an RBI single and had runners on second and third with one out. Prater worked her way out of the jam though, getting a strikeout and a flyout to complete the comeback.
Prater finished the day throwing seven complete innings allowing six runs (four earned) on 11 hits. She struck out six and walked only two in picking up her 11th win of the season.
The Jennies again enjoyed an offensive explosion. Mabe, Leonhart and Martin all finished with two hits apiece. Martin and Madison Hood finished with two RBI.
UCM’s road trip continues this weekend as they travel for a pair of doubleheaders in Oklahoma. First up is Northeastern State Friday, April 10 at 1 p.m. followed by Central Oklahoma Saturday, April 11 at 12 p.m.