Stars Softball Struggles to End Losing Streak in Close DH Losses
Softball - Wed, Apr. 12, 2017
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Game 1
Game 2
Missouri Valley College
Final - Game 11234567RHE
Missouri Valley ( 15-16)1001000270
Stephens College (9-24)0000100151
Columbia, MO
Missouri ValleyPitchingStephens College
Chamblee, BethanyWinner-
-Loser Carlisle, Miranda
Missouri ValleyIndv. StatsStephens College
#13 Naiwi, KayaDoubles #13 Heaton, Katie
NoneTriples None
#23 Jones, SaraHome Runs None
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Missouri Valley ( 16-16)00011000280
Stephens College (9-25)00000000060
Columbia, MO
Missouri ValleyPitchingStephens College
Conklin, ShelbyWinner-
-Loser Kelly, Emma
Missouri ValleyIndv. StatsStephens College
2 Players (#10,#28)Doubles 2 Players (#13,#18)
NoneTriples None
NoneHome Runs None

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Stephens College softball team began the final home stretch of the 2017 season with a non-conference doubleheader versus Missouri Valley College on Wednesday afternoon. The Stars dropped both in two close games, 2-1 and 2-0. The losses bring the Stars to 9-25 on the season.

Game One

MVC scored one in the first inning with a two out RBI double to the left field fence to take a 1-0 lead.

The Stars saw just two runners on base in the first four innings with only one coming off a base hit.

With the first pitch of the fourth inning, MVC sent the ball over the left-center fence to take a 2-0 lead, but the Stars came out of the inning with one runner stranded on base.

After an 0-2 count to start the bottom of the fifth, Katie Heaton (JR/Laguna Niguel, Calif.) knocked a double to deep right-center. She was moved to third on Sarah Dooley (JR/Plevna, Mo.)'s single and scored on Dowdy's RBI fielder's choice. MVC retired the next batter with a strikeout to leave one stranded on base.

The Stars were unable to put a runner on in the sixth, but they held MVC to just one base runner in the top of the seventh to send it into the bottom of the inning.

In the do-or-die inning with one out, Heaton singled to left center. Jamie Martin (SR/Hartsburg, Mo.) followed with a single to left field, moving Heaton into scoring position, but a double play on the next at-bat ended the game with a 2-1 loss.

Miranda Carlisle (SR/O'Fallon, Mo.) (5-13) pitched the complete game in the circle. She faced 27 batters and struck out two while allowing seven hits.

Heaton produced two hits at the plate to lead the Stars offensively. Defensively, Martin recorded 11 putouts.


Game Two

One runner was left stranded in the first 2.5 innings of game two and the game remained scoreless throughout the first three innings. In the top of the fourth inning, MVC took the lead on a RBI double. A passed ball moved the other base runner to third, but a fly out to center field ended the inning with no more damage done.

Heaton continued her success at the plate with a two out double down the right field line in the fourth, but she was left stranded as MVC retired the next batter.

In the top of the fifth MVC scored their second run of the game on another RBI double.

Martin singled to deep right center to lead off the bottom of the fifth and was moved with Alexa Ochoa (JR/Waynesville, Mo.)'s sacrifice bunt, but MVC's defense left her stranded as the second baseman caught a line drive.

A Bernadette Willis (SR/Johnston, Iowa) double in the sixth gave the Stars a runner in scoring position, but two outs ended the inning with her sitting at third.

The Stars found themselves in similar circumstances as game one as they headed into the do-or-die inning. With two outs, Dooley reached on a single to left field, but a ground out to fifth ended the game with a 2-0 loss.

Kelly (4-11) was credited with the loss in the circle. She pitched 5.0 innings, faced 21 batters and struck out two. Dowdy came in as relief in the final 2.0 innings and faced just six batters.

The game was a clean one as neither team committed a fielding error. Six Stars recorded one hit a piece to tally the team's six runs.


The Stars jump back to conference play on Friday as they play host to Williams Baptist College. The doubleheader begins at 2:00 p.m. 

Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 AMC: 0-0