Rose Tosses 12 Strikeout Gem, Gets 600th Career K in Split with Shockers
April 18, 2012
The Missouri State softball team (19-19, 7-9) split a doubleheader, 1-0 and 1-5, against visiting Wichita State (11-32, 4-13) at Killian Stadium on Wednesday. In the doubleheader, senior pitcher Natalie Rose struck out 13 Shockers to reach 600 career strikeouts, one of only three pitchers in school history with as many.
Ashley Brentz was 1-for-3 in each game of the twin bill. But her RBI single in the bottom of the third was the difference in game one.
Game 1 (Missouri State 1, Wichita State 0)
In the Bears' third inning, Boeckstiegel got aboard with a leadoff walk. Trickey pinch ran for her and was sacrificed to second by Raeven Replogle, her ninth sac bunt of the year. The speedy Trickey advanced to third on a ground out by Kirstin Cutter. It would take a two-out hit and Brentz delivered with an RBI single to left field.
It would be the last time MSU had a base runner in the game. But Rose made the one run stand up as she scattered six hits over seven innings for the victory. The 12 strikeouts were a season-high for Rose and marked the fourth double-digit strikeout performance of the season.
Game 2 (Missouri State 1, Wichita State 5)
The Bears offense appeared to be coming around in game two. In the bottom of the first inning, Kirstin Cutter on an infield single. After she was sacrificed to second by Ashley Brentz, Rebecca McPherson was hit in the helmet by a pitch. A double steal by Cutter and McPherson put runners at second and third. A Heather Duckworth walk loaded the bases, but an infield fly and a pop up ended the threat.
In the second inning, MSU started another rally. Caitlin Chapin led off with a single and advanced to second on Jones' sacrifice bunt. Raeven Replogle singled to left and moved to second on a strong throw towards the plate by the WSU left fielder to give the Bears' second and third with one out. But WSU's Sloan Anderson got a shallow fly out and infield pop up to end the Bears rally.
Missouri State got a double from Duckworth in the third and a double by Brentz in the fifth, but were unable to push across a run in either inning. Brentz just missed her first career home run as her double hit high off the right center field wall, just inches from going out.
Wichita State would take advantage in the sixth inning. The Shockers got a leadoff single and an MSU throwing error on the subsequent sacrifice bunt gave WSU two runners in scoring position with no outs. Jones battled back to get two outs before a single up the middle scored two runs for WSU.
The Bears continued to press on. Kerri Cunningham led off the bottom of the sixth with an infield single. She advanced to second on a sac bunt by Lauren Eisenreich. Chapin followed and reached on a fielder's choice as Cunningham's speed caused the Shocker shortstop to misplay the ground ball to the left side. With runners on the corners, Jones laid down a perfect bunt up the first base line, easily plating Cunningham from third to cut the Shocker lead in half.
The Shockers would put the game out of reach with a two-out three run home run in the seventh. Natalie Rose would record career strikeout number 600 with an inning-ending strikeout of Layne Greenlee.
Missouri State will now set out on a four-game road trip beginning in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Bears will face the first-place Panthers on Saturday and Sunday with noon starts both days. MSU will head to Wichita to play a single game against the Shockers next Wednesday before returning to Killian Stadium for the final home stand of the season. Senior weekend is set for April 28 and 29 against Indiana State. Fans will be admitted free to the Senior Day game on April 29 at 12:00 p.m.