Grand slams and, in a bit of an oxymoron, darkness highlighted the final two games of Saturday’s action at the MSU Softball Invitational. Texas Woman’s University ended the day with victories over Missouri Southern and Drury University at Mustangs Park in Wichita Falls.
Jordan Readicker would go 3-for-7 with two home runs and a double with a total of eight RBIs in the two games. Kayla Williams would take the win in relief against Missouri Southern, while Lizzy Kelly won her second start of the tournament against Drury.
In the earlier game, Pioneer starter Kaylee Davis would be pulled after walking the bases loaded with two outs. Williams would take the circle in relief and promptly give up an RBI single to Brooke Hurley before the Panthers Dawn Grass unloaded the bases with a grand slam.
The 5-0 Missouri Southern lead held until the bottom of the second when Katie Hines led off the TWU half of the inning with a solo home run. Williams would later add and RBI single to cut the Panthers lead to 5-2.
TWU would come back to knot the game 5-5 in the fourth inning when Willaims slapped a bases loaded triple down the right field line, but Missouri Southern would retake the lead in the top of the fifth on a two run homer by catcher Lydia Miemegeers.
The 7-5 lead would be the last for the Panthers as Texas Woman’s exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth. Readicker’s slam and a solo shot by Katie Hines would key the outburst and a scoreless sixth and seventh gave TWU the 13-7 win.
TWU’s Bailey Vrazel would have a four hit game, also driving in two runs and scoring two more. Hines and Amy Menge would both go 2-for-3 with three runs scored in the game.
A reminder that light free Mustangs Park is still somewhat of a work in progress, the final game of the day was cut to five innings due to darkness.
As it was, the Pioneers only needed one inning and one swing of Readicker’s bat to take the win. A bases loaded double by Readicker in the top of the first spotted the Pioneers a 3-0 lead. Drury would push across runs on an RBI single by Andi Anti in the first and a Amber Hayden RBI double in the third, but it wouldn’t be enough.
A solo home run by Readicker in the top of the fifth tacked on one more for the 4-2, five inning victory.
The MSU Invitational wraps up Sunday, with host Midwestern State taking on Drury in the tournament’s final game at 1 p.m.