Rose Picks Up Second Valley Pitcher of the Week Honor
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — For the second time in three weeks, junior softball player Natalie Rose has been named Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Rose, who earned the same honor for the first time in her career on March 14, posted her team-leading seventh and eight wins of the season in leading the Bears to a two-game sweep of Indiana State over the weekend.
Rose went 2-1 without allowing a single earned run over 20.0 innings spanning three appearances last week. The right-hander posted both Missouri State wins over Indiana State to help the Bears sweep the Sycamores for the third straight year and finished the week with an impressive 19 to 1 strikeout-walk ratio. The Henryetta, Okla., native started the week with a complete-game setback against 18th-ranked Oklahoma State in which she struck-out eight batters before falling 1-0 when the Cowgirls pushed an unearned run across the plate in the eighth inning. She bounced back Saturday by going the distance once again with a four-hitter against ISU, allowing just a single unearned run. Finally, Rose ran her streak of consecutive outings without allowing an earned run to six with a 6-1 decision over the Sycamores, tossing five scoreless innings of three-hit ball.
Rose, who enters the week with an 8-9 overall mark, leads the MVC in both saves (4) and strikeouts (106). Through her first 22 outings this season, she has posted a 2.22 earned run average over 107.1 innings of work and has completed 11 of her 16 starts.
Winners of 10 of their last 15 games, the Bears (13-11, 4-1 MVC) return to action Saturday (April 2) when they travel to Normal, Ill., to begin a three-game set against Illinois State with a noon doubleheader.