SSU Sports Information
Shawnee State (15-3, 7-1 MSC) split a doubleheader with the University of the Cumberlands Patriots (4-20, 3-6 MSC) Sunday afternoon.
Junior Ali Thompson of Franklin Furnace only gave up two hits while striking out seven batters as Shawnee State shutout the Patriots in the opener, 4-0.
Shawnee State scored two runs in the first to take an early lead. Freshman Kelsey Jenkins of Wheelersburg scored on an RBI single by sophomore Kirsti Yates. A double by sophomore Holly Brabson scored Yates, giving the Bears the 2-0 advantage.
Thompson held the Patriots hitless through four innings and the Bears scored two more runs in the fourth on a double by junior Ericka Leighty to extend their lead.
Cumberlands tallied hits in the fifth and seventh but could not capitalize as they were blanked by the Bears.
Thompson improves to 8-1 on the mound with the win.
Angela Steuer was tagged with the loss as she allowing four runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Leighty finished 2-for-3 at the plate, while freshman Brytan Givens tallied two hits in the win.
In game two, the Patriots quickly jumped out to a 4-0 run, posting two runs in each the first and second. Shawnee State battled back scoring two runs in the second on a base hit by freshman Katy Bender. Shawnee State was unable to score again, leaving six runners stranded in the game. The loss is the first for the Bears in conference play.
Sophomore Tara Prater was tagged with the loss falling to 7-2 on the mound. Prater started and worked 1.2 innings allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits with two walks. Freshman Allie Chapman pitched the final 5 and 1/3 innings for the Bears, allowing no hits with two strikeouts.
Jessica Speake picked up the win for the Patriots. She pitched a complete game allowing two runs on eight hits, one walk while striking out six batters.
Bender finished 2-for-3 at the plate, while Leighty finished 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Shawnee State returns home March 31 to host Campbellsville University in a conference doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.