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 BILLINGS, Mont. - Huge bats from both teams on Day 2 of the series between conference opponents MSU Billings and Central Washington led to a 1-1 split on the second day of the series. MSUB won Game 1 over the Wildcats 12-8, falling in the nightcap 17-11 on a wild hitting day from both teams Saturday afternoon at Avitus Group Stadium.
Montana State University Billings (19-18, 9-7 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) finishes the conference series 3-1 over the Wildcats. Central Washington drops to 18-17 on the season and is tied with MSUB in the league at 9-7.
Hug hits from both teams on Day 2 of the series finale produced some big numbers on the scoreboard. The Wildcats scored 29 runs on 35 hits, while MSUB was more efficient at the plate today scoring 19 runs on 23 hits.
Over the two days, the Yellowjackets outhit the Wildcats 56-52 as both teams combined for an impressive 108 total hits in the four-game series.
St. Vincent Healthcare Player of the Day Emily Osborn belted three home runs on the day while Taylor Hoke added back-to-back home runs, and Aubrey Conceicao and Heather Tracy each hit their second home run of the season.
Game 1 (CWU 8, MSUB 12)
Game 1 of Day 2 produced the most efficient offensive spread from the Yellowjackets as the team scored 12 runs on 10 hits. Jessyka MacDonald (12-6) pitched her second complete game of the series for MSUB. The senior earned the win throwing 171 pitches, facing 42 batters, with 15 hits, eight runs, and fanning four.
Catcher Brittney Sanders went 3-4 with a run scored and one RBI. Conceicao and Osborn each went 2-3. Conceicao hit her second home run of the season in the bottom of the second inning adding three runs to the scoreboard. After a slow day at the plate yesterday, first baseman Emily Osborn had two home runs in Game 1. She had a team-leading six RBI's and scored two runs.
Central Washington started the game scoring three runs on five hits. The Wildcats began the day with four straight doubles from their lineup, before MSUB got out of the inning on three fly outs.
Undaunted by being down 3-0 to start the game, the Yellowjackets fired back in the bottom of the first inning, scoring six runs on four hits. After a stretch of singles put up two runs on the board, MSUB loaded the bases for Osborn. She stepped to the plate rocketing out a grand slam to right center on her first at bat of the day to put MSUB ahead in the game 6-3.
A home run from Conceicao added three runs to the total in the bottom of the second inning. The second baseman brought in Amanda Barham and Sanders who had reached base on singles.
The Yellowjackets added their 10th run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Bella Rovens singled to third base. She stole second and on a walk from Barham stole third and made the trip to home on a throwing error from the catcher.
The Wildcats were able to add two runs in the top of the fourth inning. First baseman Kailyn Campbell hit a 2-RBI shot to left to bring the score to 10-5, but MSUB was able to answer right back.
Osborn smashed her second home run of the game in the fourth inning scoring Conceicao putting the Yellowjackets up 12-5.
MSUB were unable to add a run in the fifth inning to end the game on the mercy rule and Central Washington loaded the bases in the sixth inning, but was unable to score a run. MacDonald was able to pitch the team out of the jam, forcing two popups to end the inning keeping the Wildcats from crossing any runs over the plate.
Scoreless innings from the Yellowjackets in the fifth and the sixth innings gave the Wildcats a chance at the top of the seventh. Back to back home runs from Central Washington's Campbell and catcher Austin Wilkerson put up three runs on the board. MSUB needed two more outs to end the game and they got them from shortstop Hoke. She caught a short hopper from Andrea Hamada followed by a groundball from Katie Focher to end the game.
CWU's shortstop Sammy Morris hit 3-4 in the game with two runs scored. Campbell was 4-5 with two home runs. Wilkerson hit 2-3 with a home run and two RBI's. Freshman Lindsey Kamphuis (10-8) earned the loss for CWU. In one and one third innings, she allowed nine runs on seven hits.
The big difference in the game was players left on base. The Wildcats stranded 13 while MSUB held it to just one, a season low for the Yellowjackets.
Game 2 (CWU 17, MSUB 11)
Looking like a sure thing, CWU led 10-0 after four innings into the second game. The Wildcats added two in the first and three in the second and another three in the fourth inning while the firepower of the Yellowjackets' seemed to be dimming. MSUB had just two hits in the first four innings and were behind by double-digits when a resurgence in the fifth inning gave MSUB a chance to contend for the game.
Knowing they needed two runs to keep Central Washington from ending the game after five innings, MSUB produced eight runs on eight hits to keep the game alive.
It was senior Hoke that kept MSUB in the game. After Heather Tracy scored to put the first run of the inning, Hoke entered the batter's box with two runners on. On her first pitch at the plate, the shortstop hit a monster shot into right field scoring three runs for MSUB. The Yellowjackets followed that up with a single from Conceicao and the second home run of the game from MSU Billings' Osborn taking the score to 10-6. Back around the batting order in the inning, Tracy doubled down the right line. Rovens sent the second double of the inning into left scoring two runs to end the inning with the 'Jackets down just two, 10-8.
At the bottom of the sixth inning, Hoke made it a one-run ball game with a back-to-back home run to lead off the inning.
Pressure on, the Wildcats made another huge rally in the top of the seventh inning. CWU added seven runs on seven hits. Fowler walked to lead-off the action, while Campbell and Wilkerson both hit home runs to put CWU back up by four. Two more doubles and three singles added three runs to the total giving CWU an eight-run advantage 17-9.
MSUB had one more shot in the seventh inning. Tracy added her second home run of her career to add two runs after Kelsey Devlin hit a single, but CWU was able to stop the rally with two groundouts to end the game.
When the bats had been lowered for the day, CWU ended the game with 17 runs on 20 hits. The team also left 11 on base. MSU Billings had 13 hits, scoring 11 runs and left six runners on. Central Washington committed four errors in the game with MSUB picking up two.
Brielle Copodonna (3-3) pitching four and one third innings allowing six runs on seven hits earned the loss for CWU.
Amanda Roark (2-4) in five innings allowed 10 runs on 12 hits earned the loss for MSUB. Jessica Campbell came in to pitch for one and one third innings allowing seven runs on six hits. MacDonald made an appearance for two thirds of an inning allowing no runs on two hits.
The Buzz… MSUB keeps knocking down the records. After the completion of the series with Central Washington, Emily Osborn has broken the all-time record at MSUB for career putouts, she has 917 putting her ahead of Kelly Parsons (2008-11) who held the record with 915… Osborn has 12 home runs on the season and has 28 career, putting her into third place all-time at MSUB… The first baseman is also now fourth for career at bats with 518, is third in career doubles with 29, and is just three RBI's short of the all-time leader Parsons who holds the record with 130…Aubrey Conceicao and Taylor Hoke are tied for 10th all-time in career hits with 146…Conceicao has 91 RBI's tying her for fifth, while Hoke has moved to tie for eighth all-time with 82…With appearances in all four games this weekend, Jessyka MacDonald has 312 strikeouts placing her at fourth all-time at MSUB and has 30 career wins which is fifth…Bella Rovens added three stolen bases this series taking her season total to 10, which ties her for tenth in a season and with 20 career stolen bases is tied for seventh all-time with Whitney Whittemore (2009-10).
UP NEXT: MSUB heads to Northwest Nazarene next week for a four-game series with the Crusaders. First pitch is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. Live stats for all four games will available online at