Hesse Notches Win 600 as the Softball Bears Split Opening Day
Feb. 17, 2012
Denton, Texas – The Missouri State softball team (1-1) got its first victory of the season, head coach Holly Hesse’s 600th career win, today with a 7-2 decision over Sam Houston State (0-6) at Pioneer Field in Denton, Texas. In the nightcap of the Fairfield Inn and Suites Classic, the Bears fell to host North Texas (3-3) at Lovelace Stadium, 5-0.
“We came out and played well in all three aspects of the game,” said Hesse after game one. “Our pitching was outstanding. Our defense was solid and getting double-digit hits in the first game out was great. A tremendous all-around effort in every aspect of the game in our first game out this season.”
Game 1 vs. Sam Houston State
The Bears jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning. Junior Kirstin Cutter reached on an error and moved to second on a single by Ashley Brentz. Cutter advanced to third when Heather Duckworth flew out to right field and scored on a double steal with two outs. Caitlin Chapin followed with a two-out RBI double just inside the line to left field.
Missouri State added to its lead in the second inning as pitcher Savannah Wiggins led off the inning with a solo home run to left field. Cutter laid down a bunt, reaching first without a throw. After a stolen base by Cutter, Brentz put the Bears up 4-0 with a two-out RBI double down the right field line.
Sam Houston State got on the board in the bottom of the third inning. The Bearkats added another run in the fifth to cut the Bears’ lead in half, 4-2.
Stevie Pierce drove in a run with a sharp single to center in the top of the seventh. After a walk loaded the bases, pinch hitter Chelsea Jones singled to center to drive in two more runs. The Bears headed to the bottom of the seventh, up 7-2.
Wiggins started and pitched into the fifth inning. She allowed just the two runs, while striking out five to earn the win. Natalie Rose entered the game in the fifth with runners on and pitched three scoreless innings to pick up the save.
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Game 2 vs. North Texas
The Bears threatened in the third inning. Kirstin Cutter led off the inning with a double to the right center gap. Two batters later, she advanced to third when Ashley Brentz blooped a single over the third baseman. But MSU couldn’t convert and left both runners stranded.
Jones got the start and struggled in her first collegiate outing. She got one batter into the third inning after giving up five runs, only three were earned, and walked three. But she did record two strikeouts, one in each of the first two innings.
Natalie Rose pitched the final four innings shutting down the Mean Green offense. She continued her domination of UNT, having pitched 15 innings to earn a win and a save while striking out 14 over her last three outings against UNT.
Missouri State will continue play at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Classic in Denton, Texas, on Saturday with games against South Dakota State (3:00 p.m.) and Northern Illinois (5:30 p.m.) . The Bears will wrap up the weekend against Sam Houston State at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. #MSUBears