Redhawks' winning streak ends in twinbill split

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

The Southeast Missouri State softball team exchanged shutouts with nonconference opponent St. Louis University on Tuesday.

After dropping the first game 3-0, the Redhawks romped 9-0 in a second game, which was shortened to five innings by the eight-run mercy rule.

Southeast, which had a seven-game winning streak snapped in the opener, is 21-10. The Redhawks have won 17 of their last 20 games.

Elaine Fisher, who had pitched two straight shutouts, saw her streak of 21 2/3 scoreless innings end when SLU (13-16) scored three runs in the third. Fisher (9-7) allowed nine hits, with seven strikeouts and one walk.

The Redhawks had just five hits -- two by Michelle Summers -- off SLU's Ashley Levan, who fanned 11.

Southeast had 10 hits in the nightcap, led by Lindsay Pickering. She had a home run among her two hits and drove in four runs.

Freshmen Jenn Monaghan and Lauren Bradley both had two hits, while Summers added two RBIs.

Stephanie Huffman (11-3) allowed two hits in four innings, with four strikeouts and one walk. Freshman Jessica Rosencrants pitched the fifth.

The Redhawks resume Ohio Valley Conference play this weekend with a home series against Tennessee State. The Redhawks are in second place at 8-1.

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