First Inning Run Doesn't Hold Up in Loss at Georgia Tech
Feb. 9, 2014
ATLANTA, Ga. - The Missouri State softball team (1-2) scored a first inning run, but couldn't hold the lead in a 7-1 loss in the series finale at Georgia Tech (2-1) on Sunday. The Bears had runners on base in six of the seven innings, but a big fourth inning by GT proved to be the difference.
"I liked how we started the day with back-to-back hits," said head coach Holly Hesse. "Brentz really set the tone for how I thought we were going to hit today. I thought we did a lot of good things at the plate. We just didn't come up with a lot of clutch hits at the right time."
After being silenced by GT hurler Kleinschmidt on Saturday, it didn't take the Bears long to break through on Sunday. With one away, Brentz roped a double to the left-center fence. Two batters later, Stacia Boeckstiegel plated Brentz on a single to right-center for her second RBI of the weekend.
The Bears looked to add to the lead in the second. Chelsea Jones drew a leadoff walk. Elena Gambill was hit by a pitch and both runners advanced into scoring on a sacrifice bunt by Rebecca McPherson. The Yellow Jackets, however, wiggled off the hook and kept the Bears off the board.
Missouri State's lead held until the bottom of the fourth. A leadoff single followed by a two-run home run that just skirted over the left field fence gave the Yellow Jackets a 2-1 lead. Jones came on to pitch after another GT single. She induced back-to-back fielder's choice outs and looked to have limited the damage. But four more Yellow Jacket singles in the inning ran to Tech lead to 6-1.
Missouri State didn't fold as Ciara Flau led off the fifth inning with a solid double into the right field corner. Kerri Cunningham moved her to third on a bunt single that came with two strikes. Georgia Tech induced a pop up and an inning-ending double play to end the threat.
After Georgia Tech added a two-out run, the Bears got back to work in the sixth. A two-out walk by Chelsea Jones started the rally. The next batter, pinch hitter Erin Duewel, scorched a single off the third baseman and a throwing error allowed Jones to advance to third. A fly out to right ended the Bears' frame without a run.
A valiant two-out effort by the Bears in the seventh was to no avail. Brentz singled through the right side and Duckworth walked, but a pop up ended the inning and the game.
Next weekend, the Bears will travel to Arlington, Texas for the UTA Maverick Invitational. MSU will face host UT Arlington and Central Michigan on Friday to open a five-game weekend in the Lone Star State. Missouri State's home opener will be March 12 versus SIU Edwardsville.