MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois (14-23, 8-14) wrapped up the 2013 regular season at Mary Ellen McKee Stadium with a Wednesday (May 1) double header against No. 11 Missouri (31-9). The Leathernecks posted a total of nine runs, but dropped both contests 10-5 and 12-4 in six innings to the Tigers.
Game #1: No. 11 Missouri 10, Western Illinois 5
Wednesday, May 1 at 3 p.m.
Following a scoreless first, Missouri took advantage of a pair of Leatherneck fielding errors to score three runs then used a pair of hits to plate two more for a 5-0 early advantage.
In the bottom of the second, Alex Pflieger singled to open the frame and Lia Romeo followed with a walk. Teagan Walsh capitalized on the scoring opportunity sending a single into right field for a Leatherneck run.
The Tiger offense continued to produce runs in the top of the third inning. A leadoff single, walk and sacrifice bunt put two runners in scoring position for Emily Crane who plated a run with a single. A hit by pitch followed to load the bases and a walk brought home the second run of the inning for Missouri before a groundout ended the inning.
Western put a runner in scoring position on a Sammy Marshall double down the left line with one away, but left her stranded. The Tigers doubled to open the fourth, but Kelsey Michelini used consecutive looking strikeouts and a groundout to end the inning and hold the Tigers at bay.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Leatherneck offense cut the deficit to 7-5 scoring four runs on four hits and an error. Pflieger and Romeo picked up back-to-back singles and moved into scoring position on a Monica Rondon sacrifice bunt. Emma Jarrell came through in the clutch using a base knock up the middle to push two runs across. After Karissa Kouchis reached on an error, Marshall used her second double of the ball game to plate two more.
The squads traded zeroes in the fifth and sixth innings, but the Tigers used a three-run rally in the top of the seventh to secure the 10-5 final win.
Marshall and Jarrell led the Leathernecks in RBI with two apiece, while Walsh contributed one. Pflieger had a team-most three hits, all singles, followed by Marshall with two hits, both of which were doubles bringing her total up to six on the year.
Michelini (8-12) was tagged with the loss in the circle allowing 11 hits and seven earned runs. She struck out four in her six innings pitched. Walsh came on in relief and held Missouri scoreless in her one inning of work. Tiger starting pitcher Nicole Hudson (8-4) picked up the win. She gave up eight hits and struck out four.
Game #2: No. 11 Missouri 12, Western Illinois 4 (6 innings)
Wednesday, May 1 at 5 p.m.
The Missouri offense jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning notching a total of five hits including a RBI single from Angela Randazzo and pair of two-RBI singles out of Corrin Genovese and Sarah Moore.
In the bottom half of the first, leadoff hitter Sammy Marshall reached on an error and promptly swiped second base to reach scoring position and take sole possession of the Western Illinois career record for stolen bases with 75. After advancing to third on a passed ball, she was plated by Megg Kelly's sacrifice fly to center to spoil the shutout bid.
Following a scoreless second, the Tigers used three hits to add two runs in the top of the third and one in the top of the fourth on two hits extending their lead to 8-1.
A trio of Leatherneck singles from the bats of Teagan Walsh, Emma Jarrell and Karissa Kouchis loaded up the bases with one out in the bottom of the fourth for Marshall who used a fielder's choice to push a run across. However, the Tigers used three hits of their own in the top of the fifth to get the run back.
Alex Pflieger and Lia Romeo picked up back-to-back singles with one away in the bottom of the fifth and were replaced on the base paths by Julia Katsaros and Ryleigh Sears, respectively. Katsaros wheeled around to score on a Monica Rondon double to right center and Sears sped home on a Walsh single to right field making it 9-4 Tigers.
Missouri used a three-run rally to extend its lead to eight runs and retired Western in order to end the game 12-4 by run rule after six innings.
Walsh and Kouchis paced the Leatherneck offense hitting 2-for-3 at the plate. Four drove in a run apiece including Marshall, Kelly, Rondon and Walsh.
Kacyee Hart (4-7) took the loss allowing eight earned runs and 10 hits in her three innings pitched. Kelsey Michelini threw the final three innings allowing nine hits and four earned runs. They struck out one and two, respectively. Missouri's Nicole Hudson (9-4) notched her second win of the day in the circle.
The double header was tape delayed by Mediacom and will air on May 2 at 7 p.m. and May 4 at 4:30 p.m. To see other scheduled times or channel availability visit www.mc22.net.