Van Es Tosses Complete Game in Bears Comeback Victory
Feb. 15, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Missouri State softball team (4-2) got a complete game outing in the circle from Jessie Van Es and the offense came on late for a 7-1 comeback win over South Dakota State (1-6) on Saturday. Van Es struck out two and scattered five hits over seven innings. The win was head coach Holly Hesse's 650th with the Bears.
Ashley Brentz went 2-for-3 and had a successful sacrifice bunt. She drove in two runs and scored once. Stacia Boeckstiegel also drove in a pair of runs, the fifth-straight game with at least one RBI. Braxton Coil went 2-for-3 as well for the Bears.
In the third, MSU again looked to break through. Ciara Flau walked to begin the frame. Kerri Cunningham singled up the middle and both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Ashley Brentz. The Jackrabbits induced a pop up and fly out to get out of trouble.
After SDSU got on the board with a solo home run, the Bears got back to work. Coil singled with two away in the fourth. Erin Duewel followed and drew a walk. Pinch runner Rebecca McPherson stole third, but was thrown out at the plate after the overthrow at third.
In the fifth, MSU finally broke through. Back-to-back walks by Flau and Cunningham opened the frame. Brentz beat out an infield bunt single to load the bases. Stacia Boeckstiegel then flew deep to left plating the runner from third. The inning continued with another walk, this time drawn by Sullinger, to reload the bases. Heather Duckworth flew to right, a sacrifice fly that pushed the go-ahead run home.
In the sixth inning, the Bears poured it on. Coil singled to right with one out. Pinch runner Ali Trickey advanced to second on a single through the left side by Duewel. Flau then singled to right scoring Trickey from second. Pinch hitter Chelsea Jones reached on a fielder's choice. After Cunningham re-entered and stole second to give MSU two runners in scoring position, Brentz doubled to left-center pushing both runners home. Boeckstiegel doubled to right driving home Brentz and Sullinger drove home Boeckstiegel on a single up the middle to push the MSU lead to 7-1.
The Bears will play South Dakota State again in semifinal game two scheduled for 5:00 p.m. today. The weekend concludes on Sunday with the Bears either playing in a 10:00 a.m. consolation game or the 12:00 p.m. championship game. Missouri State travels to Memphis next weekend for the Blues City Classic starting on Friday (Feb. 21). The Bears' home opener is slated for March 12 vs. SIU Edwardsville at 5:00 p.m.