Missouri State Falls in Series-Deciding Game Against Evansville
April 21, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State softball team (16-26, 7-10) dropped the series finale to visiting Evansville (18-25, 9-9) on Sunday afternoon, 6-3, at Killian Stadium.
The Purple Aces opened the game by jumping on top, 2-0, in the top of the first inning. Both UE runs in the inning were unearned.
In the Bears' half of the first, Kirstin Cutter continued to get on base, reaching on an error by the Aces third baseman. Ashley Brentz sacrificed her to second and she moved to third on a groundout to the right side by Heather Duckworth. Stacia Boeckstiegel came up with two outs and the runner on third. She grounded slowly towards second base and beat the throw for an infield single and an RBI. Stevie Pierce followed with a base hit, but the Bears couldn't tie the game.
In the third inning, the Purple Aces extended the lead with two more runs. The Bears responded in their half of the frame. Amber Dreher reached and advanced to second on an error. Duckworth doubled to drive home Dreher and advanced to third when the catcher dropped the throw in an attempted tag. Boeckstiegel stepped in and for the second-straight day, dropped a perfect squeeze bunt to score Duckworth. Pierce followed and drew her team-leading 17th walk of the season, but MSU was not able to score the equalizer in the inning.
In the Bears fifth inning, Cutter and Dreher drew back-to-back lead off walks against UE relief pitcher Annie Moore. The Aces then went to the bullpen again, summoning Sarah Patterson, who quickly retired the side and ended the Bears' rally.
Evansville added two more runs in the sixth inning. Bethany Sullinger singled up the middle in a pinch hitting role with one out in the bottom of the inning. Mary Stephens reached on a fielder's choice, but that was all the offense the Bears could muster off of Patterson.
The Bears will travel to Wichita on Wednesday in the rescheduled midweek doubleheader against the Shockers. MSU will then conclude its home slate with three games against Creighton next weekend and a single game against Wichita State on April 30.