Bears' Winning Streak Halted by UMKC in 7-0 Loss
March 3, 2012
The Missouri State softball team (7-3) saw their five-game winning streak halted in a 7-0 loss to host UMKC (8-4) at the Missouri Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday night. Despite the loss, the Bears 7-3 record is the second-best start over the first 10 games of a season since a similar 7-3 start in 1994 (8-2 in 2008).
The Bears fell into an early hole. The first three UMKC hitters each recorded a single that plated a run for the Kangaroos in the bottom of the first.
Missouri State started a rally in the second inning. Chelsea Jones lifted a deep fly to left, but as it drifted into foul territory, the UMKC fielder caught it. Stevie Pierce drew a walk and Stacia Boeckstiegel dropped a single over the shortstop's outreached glove to give the Bears first and second with one out. But a pop up and a groundout got the Kangaroos out of the inning unscathed.
The Bears again threatened in the third. With two outs, Ashley Brentz lined a single to left field. Rebecca McPherson followed with an infield single. Jones worked the count full and fouled off several pitches, but ultimately popped out for the final out of the inning.
UMKC built on its lead in the third inning. Three consecutive hits loaded the bases. Kirstin Cutter made a diving stop and flip to second for a force out. A couple of other good fielding plays limited the damage to three runs and the `Roos took a 4-0 lead to the fourth inning.
The Bears continued to get runners on base. In the fourth, Boeckstiegel drew a one-out walk and in the fifth, Cutter got a one-out hit, but both were left stranded. In the sixth inning, Missouri State loaded the bases. Jones led off with a single and Pierce followed with another single. Heather Duckworth drew a walk to load the bases, but MSU was unsuccessful in pushing across a run.
The Kangaroos added two runs in the fifth inning and another in the sixth to round out the scoring.
Boeckstiegel and Pierce each had a hit and a walk to lead the Bears' offense. But Missouri State found itself frustrated by the pitching on UMKC's Deanna Friese.
Jones started in the circle for the Bears. She gave up four runs on seven hits in three innings pitched. Savannah Wiggins came on in relief and allowed three runs on three hits. Both MSU pitchers recorded two strikeouts in the game.
The Bears will conclude action at the Missouri Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament on Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game against Southeast Missouri State and a 3:00 p.m. game versus No. 13 Missouri. Following this weekend's tournament, the Bears will return to Killian Stadium for the home opener, a double header against Iowa State at 12:00 p.m. on March 10.