Comeback kids: Softball finishes weekend 3-1

Sports Editor

The Wichita State softball team, now 6-3 on the season, finished the weekend with three wins and one loss as part of the Texas Classic in Austin, Texas, at Red and Charline McCombs Field.

The Shockers were scheduled to play Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) on Sunday, but the game was canceled due to travel considerations.

Game 1 — Friday

WSU started Friday’s double-header against the Colorado State Rams. In the first inning, junior outfielder Brittany Fortner hit her first homerun of the season. The Shockers went into the bottom half of the inning up 1-0. Then, the tide turned. It didn’t look good as the Shockers gave up a six-run inning to the Rams.

After four scoreless innings, the Rams committed three errors and allowed four runs by WSU — cutting their deficit to 6-5.

The Shockers had four runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead 9-6 and shut out CSU for the sixth straight inning to win the game 9-6.

Game 2 — Friday

 It was all tied with the University of Texas Longhorns after four innings, 1-1. The Longhorns used a two-run fifth inning and a one-run sixth to take a 4-1 lead going into the final inning.

Down by four in the top of the seventh, the Shockers pinch-hit senior Erin Carney with the bases loaded and no outs. Carney was hit by a pitch, bringing in a run for WSU and cutting the deficit 2-4. Then junior Paige Mason had a pinch-hit walk, cutting the Rams’ lead again.

Finally, senior Melanie Jaegers hit a three-run double, bringing in three runs for the Shockers. Again, like in game one, WSU shut out the side to earn their second win of the weekend, 6-4.

Game 3 — Saturday

WSU took on the Longhorns for the second-straight game to open Saturday’s double-header. Texas had the lead through two innings after a one-run bottom of the first.

The Shockers’ two-run top of the third wasn’t enough to keep the Longhorns down. Texas used a four-run third to capture a 5-2 lead, and WSU couldn’t make a comeback for the third game.

Texas won 10-4.

Game 4 — Saturday

The Shockers faced IPFW in their final game of the weekend Saturday evening. It was a quick one for the Shockers, as they used 16 hits to earn 14 runs in four innings.

The game was called as IPFW failed to earn a single run in the top of the fifth inning. Freshman pitcher Kelsey Sterneker pitched all five innings with three strikeouts and only allowed two hits on zero runs.

The Shockers’ next set of games will be Friday through Sunday in the EMU Madeira Beach Tournament in Madeira Beach, Fla. The team will face Florida International University and Harvard on Friday, Villanova and the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday and Texas State on Sunday.