Bears Fall to No. 6/7 Missouri in Front of Record Crowd at Killian
April 3, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State softball team (14-18, 5-3) dropped both games of a doubleheader to No. 6/7 Missouri (22-2) in front of a record crowd of 537 fans at Killian Stadium on Wednesday. The Bears fell in game one, 12-0 in five innings, and fell in game two, 7-0.
"Defensively, we were solid today," said head coach Holly Hesse. "Missouri put the ball in play a lot and we handled a vast majority of those, highlighted by Kerri's (Cunningham) great catch in centerfield. Chelsea (Jones) stood tall out there. She did a great job having to face their line up four or five times. Stevie (Pierce) and Ashley (Brentz) had a nice day at the plate against an All-American pitcher."
Game 1 - Missouri State 0, Missouri 12 (5 innings)
In the second, the Tigers added a run on a sac fly. Neither team scored in the third or fourth innings, but Brentz reached on an infield single in the fourth for the Bears' first hit of the game. Kerri Cunningham made a diving catch in center in the third to keep the Tigers off the board.
Missouri blew the game open in the fifth, plating 10 runs in an inning that saw three Tigers' home runs.
Game 2 - Missouri State 0, Missouri 7
The Bears' second inning started promising. Pierce roped a single through the left side to begin the inning. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lauren Eisenreich and was then replaced by pinch runner Ali Trickey. A groundout to the right side by Rebecca McPherson moved Trickey to third, but the Bears were unable to get her home.
Missouri State again got the leadoff hitter on in the third. Caitlin Chapin reached on a fielding error and moved up on a passed ball, but she remained there as the inning came to a close.
In the fourth, Pierce reached on another Tiger error with one away. Eisenreich reached on a fielder's choice and then stole second, but was stranded at second.
Missouri widened the lead in the fifth with a three-run home run. The Tigers added single runs in the sixth and the seventh.
Down to their last at-bat, the Bears got another single through the left side from Pierce to begin the inning. Eisenreich and McPherson reached on fielder's choices as the Tigers eliminated the lead runner. A fly out to right ended the game.
Missouri State will hit the road for a three-game series at Illinois State this Saturday and Sunday. The Bears return home next Tuesday, April 9, for a 5:00 p.m. game against Central Arkansas.