April 12, 2013 - Emporia State had leads in both games before falling in a double header sweep at #8 Central Oklahoma on Friday afternoon. The Hornets lost game on 3-1 and fell 5-4 in eight innings in the second game.
In the matinee Katie Huffman gave the Hornets a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a solo home run. That would hold until the fourth when the Bronchos were able to put three runs on the board. Kacie Edwards, who had the game winning RBI against Emporia State in last year's South Central Regional2 championship game, started things with a lead off single. Nicole Workman followed with a single and with one out Hayley Hudson doubled in the tying run. A sac fly by Sam Cool gave the Bronchos the lead and they added an insurance run on Tori Collet's single.
The Hornets would leave seven runners on base in the game and were hitless in eight attempt with runners on base. Karley Schmelzer took the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits with six strike outs and no walks. In addition to Huffman's home run, Taylor Zordel, Andrea Piezuch and Amanda Self all had one hit in the first game with Zordel collecting a double.
in the night cap Emporia State trailed 1-0 after Collett hit a solo home run in the bottom of the third. The Hornets took the lead in the top of the fifth. Taylor Reichard was hit by a pitch, stole second and went to third on Jessica Brewer's single to left. After Zordel was walked to load the bases Reichard scored when Piezuch reached on a fielder's choice to tie the game. Stephanie Goodwin gave the Hornets the lead when she reached on a throwing error by Edwards at third.
The Hornets made it 3-1 in the sixth when Zordel's RBI single drove in Vogel, who had reached on a fielding error by Edwards. The Bronchos got a run back in the bottom of the sixth on one hit and three walks. Devyn Frazier led off with a bunt single and went to second on a ground out by Edwards. Workman and Hudson both walked to load the bases and after a foul out, Cool walked in the second run of the game. Schmelzer then came on in relief of starter Lauren Sharp and got a ground out to end the inning. Sharp left with the lead after 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with four walks and no strikeouts.
Kaylee Brunson led off the bottom of the seventh for UCO with a single and went to second on a sac bunt. Frazier singled to put runners at first and second with one out. Edwards was intentionally walked to load the bases. After a pop up to short for the second out, Hudson worked a walk that scored the tying run. Zordel snared a line drive from Brooke Zuckerman to end the threat and send the game to extra innings.
The Hornets would take a one run lead in the top of the eighth. Huffman worked a walk with one out and went to second on a two out single by Brewer. Zordel reached on an infield single to load the bases and Piezuch gave the Hornets the lead with an RBI single to center. Emporia State would leave the bases loaded but would go to the bottom of the eighth with a one run lead.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth Collet singled and went to second on a bunt hit by Brunson. Ally Dziadula singled through the left side to load the bases for Frazier who tied the game with an infield single. That brought up Edwards with the bases still loaded and she delivered a single to left that gave the Bronchos the sweep.
Schmelzer took the loss allowing three runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings with two walks and no strike outs. Zordel was three for four with an RBI and a walk. Piezuch had two RBI on one hit and Brewer was two for three with a run scored.
The Hornets, now 26-11 overall and 13-5 in the MIAA, will travel to Tahlequah, Okla. on Saturday for a twin bill against Northeastern State. First pitch against the RiverHawks is set for 1 p.m.