Softball Bears Back in Action with Doubleheader at SEMO on Thursday
 
Stacia Boeckstiegel's four-game hitting streak is the longest current trend on the team.
 
Stacia Boeckstiegel's four-game hitting streak is the longest current trend on the team.
 

March 6, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - After a week and a half off from game action, the Missouri State softball team (7-8) will get back to work with a pair of make-up games at Southeast Missouri State (3-7) on Thursday afternoon in Cape Girardeau. The Bears have had to deal with multiple schedule changes, both with games and with practice, since the last game at Chattanooga on February 24. SEMO enters Thursday's 2:00 p.m. doubleheader on a four-game losing streak and has also been off from game play since Feb. 24.

Led by sophomore hurler Chelsea Jones, the Bears pitching staff has steadily improved since game one of the season. Jones, in fact, has won her last seven starts including back-to-back 3-0 weekends at the UTSA Classic and the Frost Classic. After allowing 35 runs over the first four games of the season, MSU's pitching has given up that same 35-run total over the last 11 games.

The Last Meeting
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The Bears bats have been impressive in the early part of the season. Collectively, MSU is hitting .304, second in the league, and has slammed 11 home runs already. After finishing near the bottom of the league in most hitting categories last year, the Bears are near the top of the league in almost every category this season. Missouri State has amassed 85 runs so far, more than half of the total scored all of last year and the most to begin a season since 1987.

Freshman Mary Stephens leads all regulars with a .395 average and has a team-high 17 hits this year. She is one of two Bears with double-digit RBI with 12. Stevie Pierce leads MSU with 21 RBI, six home runs and 38 total bases, all career bests for a season.

 

 

The Bears also lead the Valley on defense with a .976 fielding percentage. MSU has committed just 11 errors this season, the fewest of any league team.

Last season, the Bears rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off, 5-4 win over the Redhawks at the Missouri Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament in Kansas City.

Following Thursday's doubleheader against the Redhawks, the Bears will travel to Memphis and Edwardsville, Ill., next week to complete what has turned into a 20-game season-opening road swing. Missouri State will host UNI in a conference and home-opening series on March 16 and 17 at Killian Stadium.

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