The Missouri State softball team benefited from four Illinois State errors, and pitcher Melissa Porche worked her third complete game of the MVC Tournament to lead the Bears past the Redbirds 5-4, and earn a shot at the conference title.

MSU jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, and Porche’s only serious trouble came in the bottom of the seventh, when three ISU runs crossed the plate.  She subsequently struck out the Redbirds’ final batter, and the Lady Bears punched their ticket to the conference title game.

They’ll face Drake tomorrow afternoon in a 1:30 start.  A trip to the NCAA Tournament is on the line.