Softball Bears Cruise to 10-1 Victory in Series Opener at Bradley
PEORIA, Ill. -- The Missouri State Bears used the combination of the big inning and solid pitching to run away with a 10-1 victory over the Bradley Braves Saturday afternoon at Laura Bradley Park. MSU struck for three runs in the first and third innings to seize control of the game, and Natalie Rose made the lead stand with a complete-game effort in the circle.
Rose matched a season high with nine strikeouts while allowing just one run on nine BU hits--all singles--to improve to 13-14 on the season.
Ashley Knehans’ two-run homer highlighted the Bears’ big first inning, as MSU got to Bradley starter Mackenzie Camp for three hits to take the early lead. With one out, Knehans lofted a long fly ball to left that cleared the fence just inches inside the foul pole to make it a 3-0 contest. That blast followed Jenna Schwark’s RBI single that brought home Kirstin Cutter, who started the rally with a lead-off base hit to left.
Cutter led the Bears by going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of steals, while Schwark reached base all four times she came to the plate, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and three runs scored. Knehans, meanwhile, moved into the Bears’ top five for career homers with her 16th long ball as a collegiate.