The Morehead State softball team ended its 2019 season on a high note as they earned a 3-0 victory over Tennessee State in the second game of a doubleheader against Tennessee State on Sunday afternoon at Tiger Field. The Eagles split the twin bill with the Lady Tigers after dropping game one, 6-1.
The win gave Morehead State its first Ohio Valley Conference win of the season and ended a 28-game losing skid as they closed out the year 3-42 overall and 1-21 in league play.
Tennessee State finished its campaign with a 13-29 mark and a 6-16 OVC record.
"I am happy for our girls," said head coach Samantha Jones. "Through a tough season, we continued to come to work every day to improve our games. This team has worked hard in the classroom, community, weight room, and at practice so for them to end their season with a win is something I look for us to build on moving forward."
MOREHEAD STATE 3, TENNESSEE STATE 0
Junior right-handed pitcher Randi Hamilton tossed a complete game shutout as Morehead State saw its 28-game losing streak snapped in the second game of the day against Tennessee State.
The Eagles wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as junior Helyna Bissell hit a sacrifice-fly out to plate freshman Princess Valencia in the top of the first. Valencia was 2-for-3 from the plate in the game with a pair of singles.
In the second frame, junior Cassie Griffin led off by getting aboard via a hit by pitch. Griffin proceeded to steal second and then moved to third on an infield single by freshman Peyton Slater. Slater went on to swipe second base before junior Lindsay Anderson grounded out to the shortstop but drove in Griffin from third.
Sophomore Kalle Coleman put the icing on the cake in the fourth inning when she sent the first pitch of her at-bat soaring over the left-center field fence. It was Coleman's team-best six home run of the season.
Hamilton managed to close out the game over the final three innings in from the circle. The Cache, Okla., native became the first Eagles' hurler to throw a complete game in 2019. The junior concludes her season with a 3-9 record.
Tennessee State's starting pitcher Jessica Espinoza suffered the loss, dropping her record to 1-6.
TENNESSEE STATE 6, MOREHEAD STATE 1
Morehead State took an early lead but saw the Lady Tigers rally down the stretch to pick up the win on their home turf in game one of the doubleheader.
The Eagles lone run came in the second inning when Peyton Slater broke for second base and successfully stole the bag while Helyna Bissell raced in from third base to steak home plate.
In the game, Morehead State's Valencia went 3-for-3 while Bissell was 1-for-3 with a double. MSU recorded eight hits in the game.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Lakyn Largent dropped the decision and ended her first campaign with a 0-21 record. Largent tossed a team-high 84.1 innings which included a team-best 20 starts.