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Softball - Sat, May 6, 2017

Vienna, W. Va. – The Midway University softball team opened postseason play on Friday when they played in day one of the River States Conference Softball Tournament at Jackson Memorial Field in Vienna, West Virginia.

In their first game of the day, the Eagles defeated Brescia (Ky.) by a final score of 12-2 to move to the second round in the winner's bracket and meet up with Indiana University Southeast.

The Grenadiers (26-19) handed Midway their first loss of the tournament in a 7-0 defeat sending the Eagles to the consolation bracket.

After being sent to the consolation bracket, Midway took on West Virginia Tech in a 'win or go home game'. The Eagles came from behind and defeated the Golden Bears (15-37), 6-4, to march on in the tournament.

The Eagles (28-17) will return to Jackson Memorial Park on Saturday morning when they take on Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) in an elimination game. Live stats and live video will be provided for the game.

Game 1: Midway 12, Brescia 2

The Eagles jumped on the Bearcats (14-24) from the get go as they sent 15 batters to the plate in the first inning where they scored 10 runs on nine hits, while the Brescia defense committed on error. Midway added two more in the third en route to the 12-2 victory in five innings.

Leading the way offensively for Midway was junior, Carly Benz (Brooks, Ky.). Benz went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. Kelsey Gravens (Mt. Washington, Ky.) and Tiffany Wickline (Georgetown, Ky.) added two hits and two RBI, while Gravens scored twice.

The trio of Katelynn Mogelberg-Kauffman (Modesto, Calif.), Addie Murphy (Louisville, Ky.) and Kendall Horn (Taylorsville, Ky.) all accounted for a hit, an RBI and a run scored. Gabby Bruner (O'Fallon, Mo.) and Missa Walker (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) both scored one run each.

Taking home the win in the circle was Wickline. Wickline tossed three innings, while allowing one base hit. She also collected three strikeouts. Abby Flaig (Georgetown, Ky.) tossed one inning and allowed two runs, while Emily McGlothin (Paris, Ky.) tossed one scoreless frame.

Game 2: IU Southeast 7, Midway 0

In Midway's second game of the day against Indiana University Southeast, the Midway offense fell silent and connected for three base hits for the game. The Grenadiers scored six runs in the third and one in the seventh en route to the 7-0 victory.

Kelsey Gravens, Tiffany Wickline and Lynsie Clark all accounted for Midway's three hits. Wickline also took the loss for the Eagles in the circle. The senior tossed seven innings allowing seven runs – three earned – on 11 hits.

Game 3: Midway 6, WVU Tech 4

After falling to IU Southeast, the Eagles were able to stay alive as they battled from behind to advance to day two of the tournament. The Golden Bears scored four in the first, but Midway scored three in the first, one in the fourth and two in the fifth for the 6-4 win.

Leading the way offensively was Katelynn Mogelberg-Kauffman. The junior went 2-for-3 at the plated with an RBI and a run scored. With the game tied heading to the fifth, Mogelberg-Kauffman hit a solo home run that put Midway ahead for good.

Kelsey Gravens added a 1-for-3 day at the plate with two RBI and three runs scored, while Lynsie Clark and Jasmine Jordan (Clarksville, Tenn.) drove in one run each, while Jordan scored once. Gabby Bruner, Carly Benz and Tiffany Wickline all scored one run each.

Jordan's only hit of the day came in the fourth inning when she hit a solo home run for her first bomb of the season. Clark pushed across the six run of the game with an RBI double in the fifth.

Tiffany Wickline took home her second win of the day in the circle. Wickline (17-9) allowed four runs – two earned – on five hits in seven innings of work, while fanning five. 

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