Southeast Missouri State softball drops close contest at Kennesaw State
The Southeast Missouri State softball team never saw its offense come around on Wednesday, falling to Kennesaw State 4-3 at Bailey Park in Kennesaw, Georgia.
The Redhawks (14-6) managed just three hits, a season low, in the game.
Southeast took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning when shortstop Sarah Messex knocked a three-run home run to right field, but Kennesaw State (20-5) answered right back and SEMO picked up just one more hit the rest of the way.
The Owls pulled within one in the bottom of the fourth and then plated two in the fifth, as Courtney Sutter tied the game on a solo homer before Beth McCulley drove in the winning run with a two-out single.
It was the first one-run loss of the season for Southeast, which had been 3-0 in such games entering the day.
Mackenzie Hoelting (0-2) took the loss in the pitcher's circle for the Redhawks after relieving starter Alexis Estes in the fourth inning. Estes left after giving up two earned runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Hoelting was tagged for two runs -- one earned -- on three hits in two innings of work.
Kennesaw State's Alley Cutting (10-2) went the distance in the circle, striking out eight and walking only one.
Ashley Ellis was 1-for-2 with a double for the Redhawks.
Southeast now travels to the Rock Chalk Challenge in Lawrence, Kansas, for a set of five games Friday through Sunday. The first matchup will be against Tulsa at 11:30 a.m. Friday.