Softball Bears Drop Extra-Inning Affair to Tulsa, 2-1
April 11, 2012
The Missouri State softball team (17-17, 5-7) dropped its first extra inning game of the season in a 2-1 loss to Tulsa (27-8) at Killian Stadium on Wednesday. The eight inning game is the longest of the year for MSU.
"We played a good game against a good team," said head coach Holly Hesse. "We did a lot of things right today, they just had a big hit late that was the difference. Nat(alie) threw really well and gave us a chance to win. Our defense played well with Duck(worth) and Duewel making some big plays."
Senior Natalie Rose threw her 14th complete game of the season while striking out four. She did not allow a walk for the 18th time this season.
The Bears jumped in front in the fourth inning. Heather Duckworth continued her hot hitting by depositing a 1-2 pitch over the right center field fence for her first home run of the season. It was her team-leading 17th RBI of the season and 11th in the last seven games.
In the sixth inning, Tulsa got its first extra-base hit of the game with a leadoff double. Two batters later, a single scored the tying run for the Golden Hurricane. But Rose would limit the damage to just one run.
Missouri State tried to rally in its half of the sixth. Rebecca McPherson doubled with one out bring Duckworth to the plate. Duckworth lined a drive to left field, but the UT fielder made the play to stop the rally.
Neither team scored in the seventh, sending the game to extra innings. With two outs in the top of the eighth, Tulsa pieced together a pair of hits including a game-deciding triple into the right field corner to take a 2-1 advantage.
The Bears will continue the home stand with a three-game set against Southern Illinois on April 14 and 15. Games begin at 12:00 p.m. both days. A free youth clinic will be held following Sunday's game. Missouri State will play a double header against Wichita State next Wednesday, April 18 to wrap up the home stand. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window at Killian Stadium on game days.