ESU Softball sweeps Missouri Southern


Emporia State softball moved their MIAA winning streak to five games with a double header sweep of Missouri Southern on Monday at the Trusler Sports Complex. The Hornets walked off to win the matinee 4-3 and then got a shut out 6-0 in the night cap.

The Hornets scored three unearned runs in the second inning to get out to an early lead. Kelsey Phillips reached base when the Lions first baseman dropped a throw. She moved to second on a sac bunt and to third on a ground out. Maddy Broxterman walked and Phillips scored on a double steal, with Broxterman ending up at third base. Kailee Odegard followed with an RBI single to center and then Gabby Biondo followed with a single to center to make it 3-0.

Josie Tofpi led off the fourth with a triple and Erika Lutgen hit a sac fly to get Missouri Southern on the board. The Lions tied the game in the top of the fifth on a Sidnie Hurst two RBI single.

Neither team scored in the sixth or seventh to send the game to extra innings. Montana Mesler gave up two singles in the top of the eighth but got two fly ball outs to end the inning. Jenna Spence worked a pinch hit walk to lead off the bottom of the eighth for the Hornets but two fielder’s choices left Hannah Steeby at first with two outs. She stole second and Phillips delivered a single to left center to give Emporia State their second walk off win in two days.

The Hornets got on the board first again in the second game when Gabby Biondo manufactured a run. She led off with an infield single and moved to second on a sac bunt. After ground out moved her to third, she scored on a passed ball to give Emporia State a 1-0 lead. Rachel Kauss doubled in Brittanie Shepherd in the third to put the Hornets up 2-0. Kelsey Phillips then made it 3-0 with a lead off homer in the bottom of the fourth. Phillips came up to bat again in the bottom of the fifth with two runners on and hit a home run down the left field line to give Emporia State a 6-0 lead.

Sydney Righi went the distance for the second straight game and posted her first career shutout with a four hitter. 

Kelsey Phillips went three for six with five RBI and three runs scored in the double header.

The Hornets will travel to Wichita on Tuesday to take on Newman in a non-conference game. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at the NU Softball Field.

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