Softball Bears Drop Finale at Drake, 4-2
April 1, 2012
The Missouri State softball team (15-13, 4-5) fell in the series finale at Drake (15-16, 8-1) at Ron Buel Field in Des Moines, Iowa on Sunday. The Bears rallied back from a one-run deficit early, but a two-run home run in the fifth by Drake was the difference in a 4-2 loss.
"All weekend I thought Chelsea (Jones) was great in the circle," said head coach Holly Hesse. "If she can continue to give us good, quality innings, it is going to pay great dividends as the season progresses. She is getting it done both offensively and on the mound, which is good to see from a freshman."
Chelsea Jones and Heather Duckworth recorded two hits and added a run batted in apiece. Jones also scored a run. Lauren Eisenreich continued her strong weekend with another hit and scored the other run for MSU.
The Bears got a two-out rally going in the top of the first inning. Chelsea Jones roped a double to right center. Stevie Pierce followed with a walk, her third of the weekend and team-lead tying 15th of the year. A caught stealing ended the inning and scoring threat.
After Drake scored a run in their half of the first, Lauren Eisenreich drew a one-out walk. She moved to third on a long double to the right field fence by Caitlin Chapin. Eisenreich scored when Heather Duckworth singled to left. A couple of put outs at home plate ended the rally and kept the Bears and Bulldogs tied at 1-1.
The Bears again threatened in the third inning. Ashley Brentz drew her 16th walk of the year to lead off the inning. Two batters later, Pierce walk again to give MSU two aboard with one out. Both runners were stranded as the inning ended.
Drake pulled in front in the third on a Nybo sacrifice fly to right. In the fifth, the Bulldogs got a two-run home run from Torey Craddock to take a 4-1 lead to the sixth.
In the seventh inning, Jones launched a two-out home run. It was Jones' first career four bagger and pulled the Bears to within 4-2. Pierce followed with a long fly ball to center that ended the game and series.
Jones was good in the circle as well. She came on in relief in the fifth and did not allow a run in her two innings pitched.
Missouri State will conclude the five-game road trip with a visit to UMKC on Tuesday, April 3 for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader. MSU will return to Killian Stadium for a nine-game home stand beginning on Friday, April 6 with a 12:00 p.m. doubleheader against Bradley.