WEST PORTSMOUTH, Ohio - Tiffany Bise threw the first shutout of her collegiate career and Kim Rollins cracked a solo home run to lead the University of Rio Grande to a game two win and a doubleheader split with rival Shawnee State University, Saturday afternoon, in Mid-South Conference softball action at Boone Coleman Field.
Rio’s 3-0 victory in game two came on the heels of a dramatic 1-0 win by the Bears in the opener of the twinbill.
The split - Rio’s second in as many meetings with Shawnee State this season - left head coach Kristen Bradshaw’s RedStorm at 18-9 overall and 11-7 in the MSC.
Shawnee State finished the day at 18-11 overall and 10-8 in league play.
Bise, a freshman from Circleville, Ohio, blanked the Bears on just four hits and 76 pitches. She also issued a pair of walks and didn’t record a strikeout in improving to 9-2 for the season.
Rollins, a sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio, hit her club-best seventh home run of the season in the top of the third inning, lining a 1-0 pitch from Shawnee starter Miranda Pauley over the fence in the left-center to extend the RedStorm lead to 2-0.
Rio had pushed across a second inning marker against Pauley when freshman Jenna Jones (Lancaster, OH) led off with a single and eventually rode home on a two-out single to center by freshman Shaena Long (Wellston, OH).
The RedStorm added their final run of the day in the sixth when Jones led off with a single, was bunted into scoring position and scored when junior Haley Gwin’s (Troy, OH) grounder up the middle got off the glove of a diving Kirsti Yates, the Shawnee State shortstop.
Jones and freshman Cheyenne Hamaker (Hilliard, OH) had two hits each in the win for Rio Grande.
Hannah Foster had two of Shawnee State’s four hits and Abby Barrett added a double in a losing cause.
Pauley went the distance in the loss for the Bears, dropping to 8-3 on the season.
The opening game was a pitcher’s duel between Jones and Shawnee State’s Allie Chapman.
Chapman (10-6) walked three and allowed only a pair of singles by freshman Alex Kuhn (Oak Hill, OH), while striking out three.
Jones (9-7) walked seven, but allowed just five hits and struck out three. She worked out of bases-loaded jams in each of the first two innings and stranded two runners in the Shawnee sixth, but the Bears managed to push across the game-winning run in their final at bat.
Holly Brabson led off with walk, moved to second on a groundout and took third on a wild pitch before Hannah Dittoe grounded a single to center to plate the game-winner.
Yates had two hits, including a double, in the win for SSU.
Rio Grande returns to action on Wednesday evening with a non-conference twinbill against West Virginia State University in Institute, W.Va.
First pitch is set for 5 p.m.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director for the University of Rio Grande.