Otahkians beat showers, Indiana State for first win

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Southeast Missouri State University's softball team picked up its first victory of the season just in time.

That's because Monday's 6-2 triumph over visiting Indiana State allowed the Otahkians (1-6) to avoid losing seven games in a row for the first time in the program's history.

"Hopefully we can build on this," Southeast coach Lana Richmond said.

The Otahkians missed a chance to make it two in a row as the second game of Monday's scheduled doubleheader was rained out after Southeast led 4-2 in the bottom of the first inning.

Southeast received a strong pitching performance from freshman Rachel Van Fleet (1-1), who went all seven innings. She allowed six hits, with one strikeout and three walks.

"The defense played good behind me and we hit the ball," Van Fleet said. "Getting a cushion really helped."

After the Sycamores (7-9) jumped ahead with a first-inning run, the Otahkians tied it with one in the second and then broke things open with a five-run third that featured four hits. The big blows were a two-run double by Kemi Rampi and a two-run single by Jamie Birk.

Brooke Nett went 3-for-3 to pace Southeast's nine-hit attack. Katie Cerneka added two hits. Birk drove in three runs.

"We hit with people on base," Richmond said. "That's a key for us."

The Otahkians play Friday in the three-day Winthrop Tournament in Rock Hill, S.C.

Baseball plays today

Southeast's baseball team will have two more road games today as the Indians (3-6) travel to Nashville, Tenn., for a 1 p.m. doubleheader with Lipscomb (4-12).

The Indians, who have not yet played at home, have won three of their last four games. Lipscomb is a former NAIA power that is struggling making the transition to Division I.

Southeast's first home action of the season will be Wednesday when Evansville visits Capaha Field for a 2 p.m. single contest.

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