MSU on the Wrong End of Pitcher's Duel in 2-0 Loss at UCA
March 14, 2012
The Missouri State softball team (9-6) was on the wrong side of a pitcher's duel at Farris Field in Conway, Ark., on Wednesday afternoon. Central Arkansas (20-8) got a two-hitter to shut out MSU, 2-0.
"We held a good hitting team to just two runs today," said head coach Holly Hesse. "Our pitching and defense gave us a chance, but we need to score more runs. You have to give them credit, they kept battling all game."
Ashley Brentz had both hits for the Bears. She had a two-out single in the third and a one-out single in the sixth to account for the Bears' offense.
Missouri State got a runner on in two of the first three innings. In the second, Caitlin Chapin drew a leadoff walk, but was stranded on second base. Brentz singled sharply to centerfield in the third inning with two outs. She stole second to move into scoring position, but was unable to advance further before the inning ended.
The single in the 6th by Brentz led to MSU's only other potential scoring threat in the game. Rebecca McPherson replaced her at first base on a fielder's choice and was stranded there.
In a pitcher's duel, MSU senior Natalie Rose struck out eight of the first nine putouts of the game. She struck out 10 in the game, but a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fourth gave UCA enough offense.
UCA added a run in the fifth. A leadoff single and a sacrifice bunt put a runner in scoring position. A single to right field plated an insurance run for UCA. Cami Newsome fired a two-hitter for UCA.
The Bears will return to Killian Stadium to open conference play and a three-game set with Illinois State beginning on Friday (March 16) at 5:00 p.m. MSU and the Redbirds will complete the series with a doubleheader at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. Missouri State will host Kansas in a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader to wrap up the home stand on Tuesday, March 20.