Bears Beat Appalachian State, Fall to Memphis on Day 2 of BCC
 
Kerri Cunningham extended her hitting streak to seven games with hits in both games
 
Kerri Cunningham extended her hitting streak to seven games with hits in both games
 

Feb. 22, 2014

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - The Missouri State softball team (9-3) got a decisive 6-0 victory over Appalachian State (3-8) before having the eight-game winning streak snapped by host Memphis (6-5) in day two action at the Blues City Classic. Erin Struemph pitched a complete game shutout over ASU and came on in relief in game two. Chelsea Jones started game two for the Bears and surrendered just five hits.

Kerri Cunningham extended her hitting streak to seven games with a single in each game. She scored twice against the Mountaineers and again versus Memphis.

Ashley Brentz and Heather Duckworth each had two hits, two runs driven in and a run scored in the game against Appalachian State.

The shutout in game one marked four shutouts in five games for the Bears. The last time MSU had four shutouts was in 2011. The eight-game winning streak was last topped by a 10-game streak in 2006.

Game 1 - Missouri State 6, Appalachian State 0
It didn't take long for the Bears to get in front of the Mountaineers. Kerri Cunningham led off the game with a walk. Ashley Brentz moved her into scoring position and reached on a bunt single. Back-to-back walks to Stacia Boeckstiegel and Bethany Sullinger pushed the first run home. Three batters later, Heather Duckworth singled up the middle to up the Bears' lead to 3-0.

 

 

MSU looked to add to the lead in the second. With one down, Cunningham reached on a bunt single and later stole second. Boeckstiegel coaxed her second walk of the game, but both runners were stranded to end the frame.

The Bears got a rally going in the fifth. Boeckstiegel tripled to left-center with one out. Sullinger laid down a squeeze bunt, but a glove flip to the plate cut down the runner trying to score. The rally didn't end there. Chelsea Jones singled to right sending Sullinger to third on the play. Ali Trickey came on to pinch run at first. On the next play, Trickey stole second and collided with the ASU second baseman causing the ball to get away and allow Sullinger to score from third.

In the sixth, MSU widened the advantage. Heather Duckworth reached on an infield single up the middle to start the inning. Braxton Coil sacrificed her to second. Two batters later, pinch hitter Allie Alvstad drew a walk. Brentz followed with a double to left-center plating both runners.

Struemph nailed down her second complete game shutout in as many starts. She also struck out three hitters to make it eight straight appearances to start her career with at least one strikeout.

Game 2 - Missouri State 2, Memphis 3
Missouri State scored in the first inning for the fifth game in a row. Cunningham began to game with a single over the third baseman. She moved to second on a ground out by Brentz. Boeckstiegel grounded sharply to short and the ball scooted between the shortstop's legs and into left allowing Cunningham to score easily.

The Bears added a run in the second. Madison Jones dropped a single into shallow left field to begin the inning. She moved into scoring position with a steal of second. Trickey stepped into the box with two away and laced a full-count pitch down the left field line to score Jones.

Memphis rebounded in the third. A leadoff single got it started, but the Bears got two quick outs. However, a hurried throw kept the inning alive for the Tigers who capitalized for three runs in the inning.

The Bears looked to regain the momentum after an inning-ending double play by Erin Duewel in the bottom of the fourth. Duewel led off the fifth with a single, but the Memphis hurler clamped down to strand her there to end the frame.

Chelsea Jones started and pitched five-plus innings. She scattered five hits and left with two runners aboard in scoring position. Struemph entered and recorded three straight out to keep it a one-run deficit, but the Bears were unable to tie the game in the seventh.

The Bears will wrap up the weekend against Lipscomb on Sunday morning with a 10:00 a.m. first pitch. Next weekend, MSU travels to Cape Girardeau, Mo., for the annual Missouri Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament. The Bears' home opener is slated for March 12 vs. SIU Edwardsville at 5:00 p.m.

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