Wichita State came back in the seventh inning of game two to earn a split on Saturday against Bradley at Wilkins Stadium. The Shockers dropped the first game 5-0 before winning the second game, 6-5, highlighted by a five-run rally in the seventh inning.
Brittany Fortner hit 5-for-7 (.714) on the day, including a double, two RBIs and a game-tying single through the right side in the seventh inning of game two.
In game one of the doubleheader, the Braves loaded the bases in the third before a pitch hit Kathryn Spenn, bringing in one run to take an early 1-0 lead.
Bradley scored four runs in the sixth, highlighted by a grand slam by Kendall Duffy to left field, giving the Braves a 5-0 advantage. The Shockers could not get the bats going, however, as Bradley took game one from Wichita State.
Katie Malone (9-3) picked up the loss for the Shockers, allowing eight hits and five runs, striking out three in six innings. Madeline Lynch-Crumrine (10-8) pitched a complete game for the Braves, allowing just four hits in seven innings.
Bradley continued its hitting streak in the second game when Spenn hit a two-run homer to center field and Alyson Clemente hit a solo home run to center field shortly after to give the Braves a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
Paige Mason reached on a Bradley error in the second, before Brittany Fortner hit a single through the right side to put the Shockers in scoring position. Melanie Jaegers hit a single up the middle to load the bases before Cacy Williams drew a walk to bring in a run and cut the Braves lead, 3-1.
Clemente responded for Bradley in the third with a two-run homer to center field to give the Braves a 5-1 advantage.
Williams got things started in the seventh inning with a double off the center field wall, and then advanced to third on a Braves error that also saw Kelli Spring reach first safely. Three-straight singles from Broyles, Luellen and Mason cut the lead to 5-3, and a two RBI single by Fortner tied the game at five. Jaegers then won the game for Wichita State with an infield single to give the Shockers the win, 6-5.
Sloan Anderson (8-9) picked up the win for Wichita State, allowing seven hits and two runs, while striking out four in 6.1 innings. Jaelen Hull was recorded with the loss for Bradley, pitching 6.1 innings and allowing 10 hits and six runs.
Wichita State will wrap up the series Sunday with the first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m.