Shockers fall to Bradley 4-2 in MVC tournament semifinals

Published On: May 09 2014 03:00:06 PM CDT   Updated On: May 09 2014 05:30:17 PM CDT
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Although the Wichita State softball team won the regular season MVC title they were unable to clinch the tournament crown as well. The Shockers fell to Bradley in the semifinal match up on Friday 4-2.

The Braves were able to get on the board first with a single run in the first inning. The Shockers responded in the fourth inning with two runs to take the lead 2-1. Cacy Williams doubled to left field to score both Kelli Spring and and Ashley Johnson. But that would be it for the Shockers.

The Braves mount three solo homers in the fifth and seventh innings with no comeback from the Shockers. The Shockers fall 4-2 in the MVC semifinals.

Here's the complete release from WSU Athletics:

The Wichita State softball team’s 2014 season came to an end in the semifinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, dropping a 4-2 decision to the fourth-seeded Bradley Braves Friday afternoon at Marian Kneer Stadium.

Cacy Williams went 2-for-4 in the loss, with two RBIs and a double for the Shockers, while Ashley Johnson hit 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Bradley got on the board first after loading the bases and walking in a run to give it a 1-0 advantage in the second inning.

Ashley Johnson got the bats going for the Shockers in the fourth inning, hitting a single to second base before Kelli Spring reached on an error that saw Johnson reach third. Cacy Williams hit a two-run double to left field immediately after, giving Wichita State its first lead of the game, 2-1.

The Braves wouldn’t let that lead last for long, however, hitting back-to-back home runs to center field to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth. Sloan Anderson replaced Katie Malone after the freshman allowed seven hits and three runs, striking out one in four innings. Anderson retired the next three batters to get the Shockers out of the inning.

Bradley hit another home run in the top of the seventh, this time to left field to take a 4-2 lead and Wichita State couldn’t respond in the bottom of the inning as the Braves defeated the Shockers to move onto the championship game Saturday.

Malone picked up the loss for Wichita State, finishing her freshman campaign with a 16-7 record. Anderson relieved Malone in the fifth inning and finished the game allowing two hits and one run, striking out three in three innings.

The Shockers finished a historic season with a 34-21 overall record, while breaking several team season records. Wichita State broke the highest batting average record (set in 1978 at .305) with a .314 average, highest slugging percentage (set in 1978 at .446) with a .492 average, runs scored (set in 2005 at 293) with 314, most hits (set in 2005 at 458) with 472, home runs (set in 2005 at 52) with 56, runs batted in (set in 2005 at 268) with 291, total bases (set in 2005 at 710) with 740, and tied the most doubles record at 82 and the on-base percentage record at .389.