Bears Drop Conference Game at Wichita State in No-Hitter
April 16, 2014
WICHITA, Kan. - The Missouri State softball team (23-18, 6-9) fell victim to five long balls by Wichita State (26-17, 13-3) in a five-inning, 12-0 loss in Wichita on Wednesday. The Bears were no-hit for the 20th time in program history, the second time that Wichita State has held MSU hitless.
The Bears got a runner on base in the top of the first. Ali Trickey bounced slowly to short and the throw sailed over the first baseman's head. MSU was unable to capitalize in the inning.
Wichita State scored twice in the bottom of the first on four hits to chase Bears' starting pitcher Chelsea Jones. Erin Struemph entered and tossed six pitches to record two strikeouts and get out of a jam.
In the bottom of the second, Heather Duckworth drew a leadoff walk. She moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Stacia Boeckstiegel. Duckworth was put on third by an illegal pitch, but remained there as the inning ended.
The Shockers built their lead in the second on four more hits including a three-run home run to take a 6-0 lead. In the inning, MSU pitcher Erin Struemph struck out her 100th batter as a member of the Bears' staff.
Elena Gambill started the third inning with a four-pitch walk. It was the fifth base on balls in four games for Gambill. She remained on first as the inning came to a close.
In the fourth inning, Wichita State broke the game open with four home runs and six runs to take a 12-0 lead.
The Bears continue this week's road trip with a visit to Cedar Falls, Iowa, for a three game series on Friday and Saturday against preseason MVC favorite UNI. Missouri State returns to Killian Stadium on Tuesday, April 22 for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader against the Shockers.