Southeast Missouri State softball team falls short of OVC tournament
Monday, April 30, 2012
The Southeast Missouri State softball team would have needed a minor miracle to qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament even with a win Sunday.
It looked like the Redhawks would get that victory in their final OVC game of the season, but host Murray State stunned Southeast with a seventh-inning rally.
MSU scored five runs in the seventh, capped by a two-out, two-run walk-off double from Megan Glosser.
Southeast (22-29, 13-16) remained seventh in the 11-team OVC. The Redhawks suffered their 14th conference loss by two runs or fewer.
The top six squads make the conference tournament and the Redhawks can no longer finish as high as sixth when the remainder of the league's squads end their conference schedules this weekend.
Even if they had won Sunday the Redhawks would have been eliminated from OVC tournament contention based on other results from around the conference.
Second-place MSU (29-16, 17-10), which captured both ends of Saturday's doubleheader, swept its three-game series.
Alora Marble (13-14) took the loss while pitching her 22nd complete game of the season. She allowed 11 hits and five walks. She struck out two.
Southeast had seven hits, led by Xia Wilson with two. Shelby Stein homered and drove in three runs. Kaitlin Wallace also homered.
The Redhawks scored three runs in the first inning and made it 5-0 in the fourth inning. It was 7-3 entering the bottom of the seventh before the Racers rallied on five hits.
Southeast has four nonconference games left -- Tuesday's 3 p.m. doubleheader at Saint Louis University and Wednesday's 5 p.m. home doubleheader against Belmont.
Southeast had three top-10 finishes over the weekend at the 103rd annual Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
Placing ninth were Angelica Larrier in the 100 meters (12.18 seconds) and Blake Carter in the long jump (23 feet, 3 1/4 inches).
The 800 relay team of Larrier, Jerika Lewis, Magan Edwards and Tianna Borner was fifth (1:38.10).
Southeast hosts the OVC outdoor championships Friday and Saturday
-- From staff reports