Jennies Softball sweeps doubleheader at Southwest Baptist

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(BOLIVAR, Mo.) – Jennies Softball (20-18, 10-10 MIAA) swept an MIAA doubleheader at Southwest Baptist (4-38, 0-18 MIAA) Monday afternoon, downing the Bearcats in game one 14-2 before taking the night cap 5-4.
The Jennies plated at least a run in all five innings of game one to roll to a 14-2 victory over the Bearcats.
Braylyn Bivens hit an RBI double to left field to plate the first of three runs for the Jennies in the top of the first. Alex Groeger then drove in another run after she sent a single to left field. Ashlea Bengtson made it 3-0 after an RBI single to right field.
The Jennies added five more runs in the top of the second beginning with a single from Groeger that scored two. Kristen Heil added another three runs after she hit her second home run of the season to increase the UCM advantage to 5-0. Southwest Baptist was able to cut the Central Missouri lead to 5-2 in the bottom half of the inning after a bases loaded walk and single.
The Jennies responded though, plating four runs in the top of the third to open up a 9-2 lead. Braylyn Bivens scored the first run of the inning after she drew a bases loaded walk before Ali Jo Rogers hit an RBI single to plate the second run of the inning. Rogers and Bivens then crossed home plate after a Bearcat error to close out the inning.
UCM added a pair of insurance runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Bivens singled home Bengtson in the fourth and Bengtson hit an RBI ground out in the fifth to seal the 14-2 victory.
The Jennies outhit the Bearcats 14-2 and committed no errors compared to four from the Bearcats. Bivens, Groeger and Heil led the offense for UCM with three RBIs each.
Megan Schallom pitched a complete game, striking out three to pick up her first win of the season and improve her record to 1-5. Lyndie Routh took the loss for the Bearcats.
The Jennies jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first in game two after Groeger doubled to centerfield, scoring Bivens.
The Jennies tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the second beginning with an RBI single from Bivens. Rogers then made it 3-0 in favor of UCM when she hit a single that drove in Medora West.
The Bearcats didn’t go down without a fight though as they pulled within 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning on a double and Central Missouri error.
The Jennies answered in the top of the seventh, plating two runs to open a 5-2 advantage courtesy of a fielder’s choice from Rogers that allowed Amanda Nally to cross home plate, and an RBI single from Heil.
The Bearcats once again had an answer as they cut the UCM lead to 5-4 on a two-run homer from Nikki Jeffries in the bottom of the seventh but the Jennies were able to hold on for the victory.
Game two saw the Bearcats outhit the Jens 13-8 and also commit only one error to the Jennies two.
Sarah Espy picked up the win in the circle for the Jennies, pitching 6.2 innings, striking out four and walking none, to move her record to 2-2 overall. Katie Shockley pitched 0.1 innings in relief, retiring one, to pick up her first save of the year. Routh suffered the loss for the Bearcats.
The Jennies return to action Friday, April 19 when they host fourteenth ranked Fort Hays State at the South Recreation Complex in an MIAA doubleheader. Game one first pitch is set for 3 p.m. A pay-per-view, student-run webcast will be available via