Bears Sweep Doubleheader over Drake, Extend Win Streak to Four
March 29, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Missouri State softball team (14-15, 5-2) handed league-leading Drake (18-12, 4-2) its first conference losses of the season in a doubleheader sweep in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday afternoon. The Bears, the designated home team, rallied for a 3-2 win in game one and scored six times over the first three innings for a 6-2 victory in game two. With the sweep, MSU became the first team with five conference wins this season.
"Our pitching staff was outstanding today," said head coach Holly Hesse. "All three pitchers contributed significant innings. We hit the ball well all day against one of the top pitching staffs in the league. I am proud of how the team battled and played well in all aspects of the game."
Pitcher Rachel Brisker picked up the victory in game one, moving to 2-0 on the season. She allowed just two hits over 4.2 innings of work in the twin bill, striking out one batter in the process. Jessie Van Es worked the final four innings of game two, striking out three to earn the win.
Senior Lauren Eisenreich piloted the Bears' offense on the day. She had three doubles, drove in two runs and scored twice.
Game 1 - Missouri State 3, Drake 2
Ashley Brentz extends her hitting streak to a season-best eight games with a two-out double to left in the third inning. She was stuck at second as the inning ended with the Bears unable to take the lead.
Neither team scored in the fourth or fifth inning. In the sixth, DU again pieced together three hits to push across a go-ahead run.
Missouri State was not deterred by the deficit. Stephens singled to center with one away in the bottom of the sixth. Stacia Boeckstiegel walked with two outs with Lauren Eisenreich headed to the plate. Eisenreich popped a two run double off the wall in left, giving the Bears the lead.
Rachel Brisker cruised through the top of the seventh to earn her second victory of the season. It was also her second-straight relief appearance in which she did not allow a hit in more than an inning pitched.
Game 2 - Missouri State 6, Drake 2
The Bears continued to score in the second. Back-to-back doubles to begin the inning from Eisenreich and Caitlin Chapin plated the first run of the frame. After a Drake pitching change, Braxton Coil was hit by a pitch. Rebecca McPherson laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Chapin and pinch runner Ali Trickey into scoring position. Cutter followed and drove in a run on a fielder's choice. Brentz was then plunked to load the bases leading to the second Bulldog pitching change of the inning. Duckworth followed with a sac fly to left, plating the third Bears' run of the inning.
In the third inning, the Bears tacked on another run. Eisenreich doubled for the third time on the day to start the inning. Chapin singled to left, moving Eisenreich to third base. Coil dropped a sacrifice squeeze bunt down, scoring the sixth run of the game for MSU.
That run support would be all the Bears needed. Drake was only able to muster a single run in the sixth as the Bears swept the doubleheader, 6-2.
The teams will wrap up the series on Saturday with a game at 11:00 a.m. at Ron Buel Field in Des Moines, Iowa. Following this weekend's games, the Bears will return to Killian Stadium against No. 6/7 Missouri in a doubleheader on April 3 at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday's twin bill versus the Tigers has been designated Faculty and Staff Appreciation night. All Missouri State faculty and staff will receive FREE admission by presenting a valid BearPass ID at the ticket window at Killian Stadium on game day.