Softball Set to Entertain No. 17/18 Tulsa on Wednesday
March 25, 2014
The Missouri State softball team (18-9) entertains No. 17/18 Tulsa (28-3) at Killian Stadium on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. The Bears are 3-2 at home this season and have had to juggle the recent schedule due to weather-related issues. MSU comes into Wednesday's matchup having last played on Thursday in a rescheduled game to wrap up the MVC series against Bradley.
The Last Meeting
May 1, 2013
Struemph absolutely shut down opposing batters last week en route the league recognition. She began the week with 8.2 consecutive no-hit innings. In 11.2 innings of work, Struemph gave up just three infield hits and struck out 12 hitters while not allowing a run in three outings. She fired her third complete game shutout of the year in a game one win at UMKC on Wednesday. She also recorded her third save of the year with three no-hit innings against Northern Colorado on Tuesday. Her 1.88 ERA and 79 strikeouts rank second in the MVC.
Senior second baseman Ashley Brentz has shifted to the leadoff spot in the lineup and has been the hottest hitter in the lineup of late. She has a six-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in 13-straight games. Brentz leads the Bears with 15 walks on the year, four shy of the league lead.
Fellow senior Kerri Cunningham stole a base in each game of last Wednesday's doubleheader sweep at UMKC. She now has 15 steals on the year, tied for the most in a season since 2007.
The last time Tulsa visited Springfield, the Bears took the Golden Hurricane to extra innings before dropping a 2-1 decision in the eighth. The Bears lead the all-time series 24-20 despite Tulsa winning the last nine meetings.
ACROSS THE DIAMOND
EXTENDING HER LEGACY
BEARS SOFTBALL IS ON THE AIR
Remaining 2014 Broadcast Schedule
Struemph is the only Valley pitcher with three seven-inning shutouts on the season. She also leads the MVC in opponent's batting average of .213 and strikeouts per game (7.41). Her batting average against with two outs (.169) and batting average against with runners on base (.197) are second-best in the league. On the season, she has struck out at least one batter in 17 of 20 outings, including two appearances of just 0.2 innings.
SWEEPING THROUGH TEXAS
Missouri State pitched back-to-back shutouts to claim the title in Arlington.
The Bears' winning streak continued in Southaven, Miss. extending to eight games, the longest win streak since 2011. MSU also pitched two more shutouts, making it four shutouts over the span of five games.
HOT IN TEXAS IN FEBRUARY
On Valentine's Day, Sullinger clubbed three home runs, two of which came against MAC favorite Central Michigan. She hit safely in all five games and had career bests in hits, runs scored and RBI. She also drew her first career walk and stole her first career base.
The only other Bear to have three doubles in a game was Staci Wattie against Maryland on March 24, 2000.
TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM
Redshirt sophomore Erin Duewel accounted for the Bears' only home run of opening weekend when she hit the first of her career in the sixth inning of the second game at Georgia Tech (Feb. 8).
Elena Gambill was the only Bear to go deep at the Blues City Classic. She blasted a solo shot to left in the second inning against Lipscomb (Feb. 23).
Heather Duckworth hit her first home run of the year against SEMO. The three-run blast came on her birthday (March 1) and helped her set a career high with seven total bases in the game.
Missouri State clubbed four dingers in Stillwater and added two more at Central Arkansas (March 11). Boeckstegel went yard in the final game at Oklahoma State and again at UCA becoming the second player this year to homer in back-to-back games (Sullinger, Feb. 14, at UTA and vs. Central Michigan).
BREAKING THE ICE
Freshman pitcher Erin Struemph picked up her first career strikeout in her first outing, ending the sixth inning with a punch out to strand two Yellow Jackets on base (Feb. 8). In game two against Georgia Tech (Feb. 8), she earned her first career victory while striking out six over four innings of work. Then in Texas, Struemph pitched her first complete game with a win over Central Michigan (Feb. 14). As an encore, she tossed her first career shutout with a 3-0 win over UTA in the championship game (Feb. 16). On February 21, Struemph earned her first career save over Morehead State with 0.2 innings of hitless relief to strand an inherited runner.
Fellow freshman Madison Jones picked up her first career hit, a solid single through the right side, during game two at Georgia Tech (Feb. 8). Her first multi-hit game came in the opener of the UTA Maverick Invitational, a 3-for-3 day against the host team (Feb. 14).
Another freshman, Elena Gambill, got in on the action in Texas. In game two of the UTA Maverick Invitational, Gambill registered her first career hit, a double to the left-center field wall against Central Michigan (Feb. 14). Gambill upped her slugging percentage on her next hit, a home run against Liscomb (Feb. 23).
Allie Alvstad drove in her first run with an RBI groundout against Alabama A&M (Feb. 21). She recorded her first hit at Killian Stadium with an RBI single to right against Bradley (March 15).
Senior Ciara Flau made the most of her opportunity to start at Georgia Tech (Feb. 9). She led off the fifth inning against the Yellow Jackets and laced her first career double into the right field corner.