Bears' Rose Ruled Ineligible for NCAA Tournament
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri State softball team will be without the services of Natalie Rose for the remainder of the 2011 season, as the junior pitcher has been declared ineligible for postseason play and the Fall 2011 semester for failing to meet the NCAA's academic requirements for athletic competition.
A first-team All-MVC selection this year, Rose was named the most valuable player of last week's MVC Softball Championship after pitching every inning of the Bears' four-game run that produced the school's sixth conference tournament title.
Missouri State (29-23) defeated Drake, 7-4, Saturday in the title game of the State Farm MVC Softball Championship at Killian Stadium to earn the program's sixth NCAA Tournament berth and its first since 2006. The Missouri Valley Conference champions will face Tulsa at 5 p.m., Friday (May 20) to open the Norman Regional as part of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship at the OU Softball Complex.