Katie Malone was a force on the mound for the Wichita State softball team, pitching her first career no-hitter as the Shockers defeated the Missouri State Bears 12-0 in five innings Wednesday afternoon in Wilkins Stadium.
The no-hitter marked the first no-hitter since 2006 when Margo Pruis shut out Northern Colorado on March 11, 2006.
The Shockers backed up Malone on the offensive side, compiling 16 hits on the day, led by Brittany Fortner’s 3-for-3 performance at the plate. Fortner hit two home runs in the victory to go along with six RBIs and a double, while Cacy Williams went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs on the day.
Williams hit a leadoff single in the first inning to spark the Shockers early on, advancing to second on a SAC bunt by Jaegers before reaching third on a passed ball. Fortner hit a RBI double to right center to give Wichita State an early 1-0 advantage. Broyles and Luellen hit back-to-back singles, scoring another run and the Shockers went into the second inning with a 2-0 lead.
Fortner hit a three RBI home run to center field to highlight the four-run second inning for Wichita State, giving the Shockers a 6-0 lead.
Wichita State added six runs in the fourth, highlighted by home runs from Williams, Fortner, Broyles and Mason to extend the Shocker lead 12-0. The defense stepped up big in the top of the fifth, backing up the pitching staff to give Katie Malone her first career no-hitter.
The Shockers are next in action when they travel to Des Moines, Iowa to take on the Drake Bulldogs in a three-game series April 18-19, beginning with a 2 p.m. game on Friday.