Softball Bears Continue to Play Tough in Loss to Coastal Carolina
 
Mary Stephens had two base hits off the bench for MSU.
 
Mary Stephens had two base hits off the bench for MSU.
 

Feb. 9, 2013

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Missouri State softball team (0-4) continue to battle despite a 5-2 loss to Coastal Carolina (2-2) in the nightcap of day two at the Georgia Tech-Kennesaw State Invitational on Saturday.

"We have been really solid with our defense," said head coach Holly Hesse. "Offensively, we have hit the ball really well against some good competition. We are getting closer and closer to putting it all together."

Missouri State was led by senior first baseman Stevie Pierce, who went 2-for-3 with a solo home run. Freshman Mary Stephens was 2-for-2 off the bench and Caitlin Chapin drove in her fourth run on the season.

Jessie Van Es pitched five innings for the Bears, striking out one and giving up just six base hits. Chelsea Jones came on in relief and set down the Coastal lineup in order in both of her innings.

The Bears fell behind early against the Chanticleers. In the top of the first, Jazmin Daigle hit a solo home run to give CCU a 1-0 lead.

In the second inning, Stevie Pierce single to left with two outs, but the Bears were unable to get her home.

Neither team could generate much offense until the fifth. Coastal tallied four runs in its half of the inning. Pierce led off the Bears half of the inning and socked a first pitch solo home run to left. Two batters later, pinch hitter Mary Stephens powered a double to the wall in right center. She was stranded as CCU was able to limit the damage.

In the sixth, Ashley Brentz singled up the middle to begin the inning. She would advance to second on a passed ball. The next hitter, Caitlin Chapin, drove Brentz home with her own single up the middle. A pair of groundouts would end the inning.

 

 

The Bears looked to make it interesting in the seventh. Stephens singled to left with one away. Two batters later, Kirstin Cutter reached on a CCU fielding error. Brentz singled through the left side to load the bases with two outs. But the Chanticleers hurler induced a grounder back to the pitcher to end the game.

The Bears will wrap up the weekend in Georgia with a game against Butler at 10:00 a.m. Central on Sunday. Missouri State will travel to San Antonio, Texas next weekend for five games at the UTSA Tournament.

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