Softball Falls at No. 15/17 Missouri in Non-Conference Finale
April 23, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri State softball team (25-22) got a complete game six hitter from freshman Erin Struemph, but dropped the final non-conference game of the year, 5-0, to No. 15/17 Missouri (36-12) on Wednesday afternoon in Columbia.
"We stood up and competed well against a good team today, said head coach Holly Hesse. "We didn't give up a big inning and staying in the game for seven innings."
Struemph tossed her ninth complete game of the season and added two strikeouts to her MVC-leading total. She did not walk a batter in the outing.
Rebecca McPherson picked up the Bears' first hit with a line single over the second baseman with two outs in the top of the third. She was cut down attempting to steal second to end the inning.
The Tigers turned a one-out error into an unearned run with a two-out double down the left field line in the bottom of the third.
Ashley Brentz began the MSU fourth inning by being hit by a pitch. Two batters later, she was replaced at first on a fielder's choice by Chelsea Jones. With two outs, Bethany Sullinger stepped in a looped a single down the right field line sending Jones to third. Heather Duckworth stepped in and grounded sharply up the middle, but a diving stop and flip to second by the second baseman ended the threat.
Missouri put up two runs in the fourth inning on a pair of hits. The Tigers added another run in the fifth.
Brentz singled to left field with one out in the sixth. Kerri Cunningham walked to move Brentz into scoring position. Jones flew to right moving Brentz to third, but a pop up got the Tigers out of the inning.
Missouri added a run in the sixth on a solo home run to put the game away, 5-0.
Missouri State returns home for a three-game series against Illinois State for Senior Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. Games will begin at 12:00 p.m. both days at Killian Stadium. The Bears then travel to Evansville to conclude the regular season on May 3 and 4.