SEMO ROUNDUP: Southeast softball splits pair of Friday games

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Southeast Missouri State softball team split a pair of games to begin the Rock Chalk Challenge on Friday in Lawrence, Kansas.

The Redhawks defeated UMKC, 10-0, but fell to Tulsa 6-0.

The win over Tulsa gave Southeast coach Mark Redburn his 50th victory at SEMO.

That win came on the back of a six-run second inning for the Redhawks (15-7). Sarah Messex, Addison Barnouski and Brooke Rheinecker all had RBIs in the inning before Parker Bandy walked with the bases loaded and Madison Harris smacked a two-run single to center to go up 6-0.

Abby Tillotson added a solo home run in the bottom of the third, and Mykaela Arellanes followed with an RBI hit to push the advantage to 8-0.

Two more runs in the fourth cemented the final scoreline.

Madeline Krumrey moved to 9-2 in the pitcher's circle as she picked up the shutout, striking out a season-high seven batters and giving up three hits in four innings of work.

Harris was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair batted in for SEMO, while Riley Hayes, Tillotson and Messex each had two hits.

In the day's opener, Southeast managed just three hits against Tulsa.

Golden Hurricane hurler Emily Watson (12-3) shut the Redhawks down, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out 12.

Tulsa scored three times in the first inning and then again in the fourth.

Haley Thogmartin (1-2) took the loss in the circle for the Redhawks.

MIC Athlete of the Year

Southeast senior gymnast Ashley Thomas was announced Friday as the Midwest Independent Conference Senior Athlete of the Year.

The award is determined by a vote of the league's head coaches.

Thomas has competed in the all-around in every meet this season, posting 20 scores of 9.700 and picking up an event title.

In her career, she has 18 titles and 91 marks of 9.700 or better. She reached the NCAA Regional as a sophomore, finishing ninth there in the all-around.

"There aren't enough words to describe the amazing person and athlete Ashley is," Southeast coach Kristi Ewasko said in a news release. " ... Ashley is the glue that holds this team together, and we would not have the success we have had this season without her leadership, faith and trust in her self, in her teammates and in the process."

Other MIC honors went to Illinois-Chicago's Mikailla Northern (Athlete of the Year), Texas Women's Bria Northrup (Newcomer of the Year), Garrett Griffeth (Assistant Coach of the Year) and Lisa Bowerman (Coach of the Year).

Southeast's Courteney Taylor, Kendra Benak, Megan Dennis, Kenna Skepnek, McKinzie Jones, McKenna Stanley and Allyson Bell each earned spots on the MIC Scholastic.


Southeast freshman Oleksandra Doroshenko grabbed victory No. 10 on the season with a win during a clash with Ohio Valley Conference opponent Eastern Kentucky.

The Redhawks dropped the team matchup, 4-3.

Southeast trailed after getting swept in doubles competition, but got singles wins from Doroshenko, Isabella Krupa and Mila Majtan.

"I am super proud of the way our team played today," Southeast coach Mary Beth Gunn said in a news release. "We were in the match the entire time. Even though we lost, I think it's a confidence boost to the team knowing that we can compete with the top teams in our conference."

The Redhawks are back on the court when they return home for matches against Tennessee State on Friday and Belmont on Saturday.

Track and field

Southeast opened the outdoor season at the Rhodes College Invitational.

In the first day of the meet, Stephen Zagurski placed first in the men's hammer throw with a throw of 53.66 meters

Kayla Gutierrez claimed third in women's hammer throw with a tos of 50.20 meters.

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