Rose Earns Valley Pitcher of the Week Honors Again
Feb. 27, 2012
Senior Missouri State softball pitcher Natalie Rose was named Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second consecutive week, the league office announced Monday morning. Rose was spectacular in her three outings over weekend, picking up two wins and a save at the Blues City Classic in Memphis, Tenn.
On Saturday, Rose out-dueled the reigning Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year as the Bears defeated Miami (Ohio), 2-1. Rose allowed just one run while striking out six RedHawks hitter and extending her streak to 28.0 consecutive innings without a walk in the complete game victory.
Then on Sunday, Rose continued to shine in the circle with a complete game shutout win over Western Illinois. She allowed just two hits to the Leathernecks while striking out eight batters. In the afternoon game, Rose was called upon again and came to nail down the save in the Bears' 1-0 win over Memphis. She struck out two Tigers, including the final batter of the game with a runner in scoring position. Rose was named to the Blues City Classic all-tournament team for her stellar performance.
On the weekend, Rose recorded two wins, a save, 16 strikeouts and a 0.46 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched. For the season, she is 3-0 with two saves, has struck out 35 batters and has held opponents to a .183 batting average against. Her 0.69 ERA is tops in the league for pitcher with more than 10 innings pitched.
Rose was a preseason All-MVC selection this year and was MVC Tournament MVP last spring. She hurled the 13th no-hitter in Missouri State history on May 7, 2011, versus Evansville and earned All-MVC first team honors following the 2011 season. Rose set single-season school records with 39 starts, 49 appearances and 265.1 innings tossed in 2011.
Missouri State will return to action on Friday at the UMKC Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament held in Kansas City, Mo. The Bears will face Saint Louis and Missouri at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., respectively on Friday. Play will continue on Saturday when the Bears face host UMKC at 5:00 p.m. The Bears will then round out the tournament on Sunday with a game against SEMO at 1:00 p.m. Missouri State's home opener will be Saturday, March 10 as the Bears host Iowa State in a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Killian Stadium.