Bears Softball Downs RedHawks, 2-1, at the Blues City Classic
Feb. 25, 2012
The Missouri State softball team (3-2) defeated the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (5-2) by a score of 2-1 at the Blues City Classic in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday morning.
"We had a great all around game this morning," head coach Holly Hesse said. "We had good defense, good pitching and our offense got the job done. This was a quality win for us."
Senior pitcher Natalie Rose threw a complete game six-hitter to earn her second win of the season. Rose recorded five strikeouts and extended her streak to 28.0 consecutive innings without giving up a walk.
The Bears got on the board first in the top of the third inning. Lauren Eisenreich led off the inning with a base on balls. She reached second base on a fielder's choice by Kerri Cunningham. Kirstin Cutter dropped a double over the left fielder's head driving in both runners.
Miami inched closer in the bottom of the fourth inning. The RedHawks got a leadoff single and the runner advanced on a sacrifice bunt. But with two outs, MU's Jordan McElroy blooped a single to left field to score the RedHawks run.
Missouri State got a rally started in the fifth inning. Eisenreich got a leadoff single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Raeven Replogle. Cunningham followed with an infield hit and Cutter reached first on a wild pitch to load the bases. But a pair of fielder's choice groundouts and Miami was able to escape without giving up a run.
The Bears mustered just three hits in the game off of MU's Jessica Simpson, last season's Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year. But the Bears were able to generate a rally and get two of those hits in the third inning for the win.
Missouri State continues play at the Blues City Classic against the other Redhawks, Southeast Missouri State, tonight at 8:00 p.m. The Bears round out the weekend on Sunday versus Western Illinois (11:00 a.m.) and host Memphis (1:00 p.m.).