Rose Shuts Out Sycamores, 1-0, Twice, in Doubleheader Sweep
April 28, 2012
Senior pitcher Natalie Rose fired two complete game 1-0 shutouts as the Missouri State softball team (22-22, 10-12) swept a doubleheader from visiting Indiana State (18-31, 5-17) at Killian Stadium on Saturday. The victories give the Bears an 11-game winning streak against the Sycamores.
"Nat(alie) was just outstanding with two shutouts," said head coach Holly Hesse. "She was pretty efficient with her pitches and did a great job today. We have to keep battling at the plate, keep moving runners and keep producing runs."
Rose was dominant, scattering seven Indiana State hits over the two games. She struck out 13 Sycamores and did not issue a walk while tossing just 77 and 80 pitches, respectively, in the doubleheader. Rose now has 20 complete games this season and seven shutouts.
Stacia Boeckstiegel and Caitlin Chapin led the Bears offense. Boeckstiegel went 1-for-2 in each game and was hit by a pitch in each as well. She drove in the winning run in game two. Chapin was also 1-for-2 in game one, driving in the winning run and scored the winning run in the second game.
Game 1 (Missouri State 1, Indiana State 0)
Kirstin Cutter led off the game with an infield single. But three consecutive groundouts left her stranded on base.
In the third inning, Raeven Replogle drew a leadoff walk and then stole second base. Three batters later, Ashley Brentz drew the second walk of the inning to give MSU two on with two outs. Caitlin Chapin sliced a single inside the right field line to plate Replogle from second to give the Bears the lead, 1-0.
The Bears attempted to add to the lead in the sixth. Chapin walked to lead off the inning. After a sacrifice bunt by Heather Duckworth, Boeckstiegel stepped to the plate. She reached on an infield single, but Chapin was cut down at the plate trying to score.
The Sycamores did not get a runner on base until the fifth inning. A one-out single in the fifth was erased as Boeckstiegel cut down the runner at second to end the inning. A two-out single saw the same result as Boeckstiegel ended the inning by throwing out the would-be base stealer. Rose would enter the seventh having faced the minimum, 18 hitters.
Indiana State did not get a runner past first base in the game.
Game 2 (Missouri State 1, Indiana State 0)
Kirstin Cutter led off the game with a single up the middle. She was replaced at first base by Caitlin Chapin on a fielder's choice. Heather Duckworth singled up the middle and the Bears were in business. Stacia Boeckstiegel singled right-center driving in Chapin for a 1-0 Bears' lead.
Cutter singled again to lead off the third inning. She stole second and then was out in a rundown on another Chapin fielder's choice. After a Duckworth walk, ISU was able to get out of the inning without another MSU run.
The Bears made the early lead stand as the Sycamores didn't get a runner past second base in the game.
Missouri State will conclude Senior Weekend on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. against the Sycamores. Fans will be admitted free on Fan Appreciation Day on April 29 and seniors Raeven Replogle and Natalie Rose will be recognized for the contributions to the MSU softball program. The Bears final home game of the season is Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. against Arkansas.