Stetson Tops Softball Bears to Conclude Opening Weekend
DE LAND, Fla. -- Stetson used a pair of long balls and a strong pitching performance to get past the Missouri State softball team, 5-0, Sunday (Feb. 14) morning at the Stetson Lead-Off Classic. Amanda Lindsey hurled a three-hit shutout and hit a two-run homer for the Hatters, who sent the Bears to their third straight loss in 2010.
Lindsey (1-1) struck out eight Bears and retired 11 consecutive batters after Christa Gammon led-off the game with an infield single. The Stetson senior also starred at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a sixth-inning, two-run shot off Lauren McGinley that would give the Hatters a five-run cushion.
The Bears, who batted just .198 over the three-game tournament, could never get their offense in gear against Lindsey. MSU batters managed just three singles and reached base just once from the second through the fifth innings.
Stetson (1-2) got on the board via a first-inning two-run home run from Jill Semento to take a 2-0 lead. SU's Amy Joyce led-off with a single and steal of second, before Chelsey Trotto moved her to third with a sacrifice bunt. Semento then laid into Natalie Rose's first offering and sent it over the left field fence.
Joyce sparked another Hatter rally in the fifth that ultimately gave the host school its third run of the game. The senior outfielder again started the inning with a single and again stole second base before advancing to third on an illegal pitch by McGinley. Katie Lawrence then brought Joyce home with a sacrifice liner to left to make it a three-run game.
Rose (0-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing two runs on six hits in four innings of work.
Coupled with five consecutive losses to close the 2009 campaign, the Bears saw their losing streak grow to eight games with Sunday's setback.
Missouri State will be back in action next weekend at the Sleep Inn Classic in Denton, Texas. The Bears will face Buffalo at 1 p.m., Friday (Feb. 19), to open the tournament, then square off against Colorado State at 5:30 p.m., Friday.