Rose Dominant as Softball Bears Beat SDSU, 7-2
Feb. 19, 2012
The Missouri State softball team (2-1) defeated the South Dakota State Jackrabbits (0-3) at Lovelace Stadium in Denton, Texas, by the score of 7-2 on Sunday in the Fairfield Inn and Suites Classic.
Missouri State starting pitcher Natalie Rose took a perfect game into the top of the sixth inning before the Jackrabbits got a leadoff single. Rose struck out 11 SDSU batters to earn her first victory of the season.
The Bears mustered a two-out threat in the bottom of the first inning. Caitlin Chapin singled and then stole second base. She advanced to third on a passed ball, but MSU was unable to get her home as Stevie Pierce popped up for the third out.
In the second inning, Missouri State loaded the bases when Chelsea Jones, Heather Duckworth and Lauren Eisenreich each drew bases on balls. Raeven Replogle singled up the middle to drive in the first two runs for the Bears. Kirstin Cutter drew another walk to reload the bases and Ashley Brentz drew the fifth walk of the inning to plate the third run for MSU.
The Bears extended the lead in the third inning. Stacia Boeckstiegel lined a sharp single to left field. Kerri Cunningham pinch ran and promptly stole second. Duckworth followed with an RBI triple into the right field corner. Two batters later, Replogle reached on an error by the Jackrabbits third baseman to drive home Duckworth and give the Bears a 5-0 lead.
Missouri State got on the board again in the fourth inning. Cutter led off the inning with a double to the gap in left center. A walk and a fielder's choice gave the Bears runners on the corner with two outs. Jones sent a grounder towards shortstop, where the SDSU fielder booted the ball allowing the Bears to score the sixth run of the game.
The Bears continued to grow the lead in the fifth. Pinch hitter Erin Duewel drew a leadoff walk. She moved to third on a sacrifice and an error. Cutter reached on a fielder's choice as the Jackrabbits cut down Duewel at the plate. Brentz walked again and Chapin legged out an infield hit to drive in Cutter from second base. The Bears took a 7-0 lead to the sixth inning.
Missouri State will travel to Memphis, Tenn. next weekend for the Blues City Classic. The Bears will play Northern Iowa in a non-conference matchup to open the weekend at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 24. Play will continue on Saturday when MSU faces Miami (Ohio) at 9:00 a.m. and SEMO at 8:00 p.m. The Bears round out the Blues City Classic on Sunday against Western Illinois (11:00 a.m.) and host Memphis (1:00 p.m.).
Fairfield Inn & Suites All-Tournament Team