SOUTHEAST ROUNDUP: Softball splits 2 games
The Southeast Missouri State softball team split a pair of games in the Leon Smith Classic on Friday and Saturday in Oxford, Alabama.
The Redhawks dropped an 8-6 decision against Valparaiso on Friday before knocking off Alabama A&M 7-2 on Saturday.
On Friday, Southeast (11-5) erased a six-run deficit, but the Crusaders scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull out the victory.
After scoring two runs in the top of the first, Valpo (7-3) jumped out to a 6-0 lead when Sam Stewart hit a grand slam to left.
Addison Barnouski provided an RBI single, and Rachel Anderson came around to score on an error to cut SEMO's deficit to 6-2 in the bottom of the third.
Darby Pruett hit a two-run homer in the fourth for Southeast before Parker Bandy provided a two-run shot in the fifth to tie the game at 6-all.
However, the Crusaders scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the seventh, and the Redhawks stranded two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the frame.
Mackenzie Grossman (3-2) was credited with the pitching win in relief after giving up two hits and striking out three batters in three scoreless innings.
Mackenzie Hoelting (0-1) worked 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. She struck out three hitters and didn't issue a walk.
Sarah Messex finished with a pair of hits to lead Southeast at the plate.
On Saturday, the Redhawks had a season-high seven stolen bases and racked up 10 hits en route to a win over the Bulldogs.
Mykaela Arellanes broke a single-game school record with four stolen bases and added two hits at the top of the Redhawks' batting order.
Southeast took a 3-0 lead through four innings before breaking the game open with a four-run fifth.
Barnouski had an RBI double before Messex provided a two-run double and Brooke Rheinecker followed with an RBI single.
Madeline Krumrey (7-2) threw a complete game to pick up the win in the circle. She had five strikeouts and no walks, allowing only one earned run.
Imani Largin was tagged with the pitching loss for Alabama A&M (5-15).
The Redhawks wrap up action in the Leon Smith Classic against Alabama State at 3:30 p.m. today.
Southeast recorded its third straight team score of 193.000 or better but was defeated by Western Michigan in a 195.475-193.100 decision on Saturday in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The Redhawks scored a 48.425 on the first event, as Alexis Brawner led the way with a 9.775. Ashley Thomas finished close behind with a score of 9.700.
On vault, Southeast scored a 48.225. Brawner paced the Redhawks again with a vault of 9.800, while Thomas was second on the team with a 9.700.
In the third rotation, Southeast scored a meet-high team score of 48.850 on floor. Brawner led a group of four Redhawks who scored a 9.750 or better, finishing with a 9.875. McKinzie Jones (9.800) wasn't far off that total with a 9.800 for Southeast, while Courteney Taylor posted a 9.775 and Thomas followed with a 9.750.
The Redhawks closed out the meet with a 47.600 on beam, as Jones scored a season-high 9.850 to lead the way. Brawner was second on the team with a 9.750, while Allyson Bell finished third with a 9.725.
Southeast returns to action next weekend for the Midwest Independent Conference Championships in Chicago, Illinois.