Softball Bears' Rose Named Valley Pitcher of the Week



SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — After playing a pivotal role in all four Missouri State victories last week, junior softball player Natalie Rose has been named Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday.  The Valley honor is the first of Rose’s MSU career and the first for any Bear in nearly two years.

Rose won a pair of games and saved two more for Missouri State last week, posting a 1.62 earned run average in 30.1 innings over six appearances. In all, she completed three of her four starts, including a three-hit shutout of North Texas in which she fanned eight batters and allowed just five baserunners in a 1-0 MSU win. Rose came back to save the back end of the Bears’ Wednesday doubleheader vs. the Mean Green, as well as a 4-3 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday. The Henryetta, Okla., product K’d seven of the nine hitters she faced to preserve the one-run margin. Later in the day, she turned in an eight-inning complete game to beat Indiana, 3-2, once again fanning seven batters.

Finally, Rose went toe-to-toe with Oklahoma All-America candidate Keilani Ricketts in a 1-0 loss to the tenth-ranked Sooners Sunday afternoon, allowing just three hits while striking out nine in a complete-game, 1-0 setback.

Rose leads Missouri State with four victories, six complete games and 65 strikeouts in 61.1 innings pitched this season.

Winners of four of their last six games, the Bears (7-8) return home to Killian Stadium Tuesday (March 15) to begin a 10-game home stand against North Dakota State. The first pitch of the contest, which was originally scheduled for 4:30 p.m., has been moved to 5:30 p.m.



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