Bears Complete Perfect Fall Season
The Missouri State Softball Bears capped a perfect 2008 fall season by picking up victories over Saint Louis and Southeast Missouri State Saturday (Oct. 4) at the Diamond Sports Fall Tournament in Dupo, Ill. MSU rallied past SLU for a 3-2 decision in eight innings, getting an RBI single from Christa Gammon to plate the winning run, then blanked the Redhawks by a 3-0 score to complete the day's action. With the two wins Missouri State concluded its fall slate with an 8-0 mark.
The Billikens held a one-run lead for much of the opening contest before the Bears knotted the score at 2-2 on an Elayna Gary RBI single in the fifth inning. Gammon, who led the Bears with three hits in the opener, drove home Tyler Porter with a one-out single in the eighth to give MSU the win under international tiebreaker rules. Rose earned the victory after allowing just one hit and one walk in three scoreless innings of relief for the Bears.
Against SEMO, Lauren Supak teamed up with Rose for the duo's third shutout of the fall campaign. The Bears struck for a run in the first when Gammon led off the game with a triple to right, then came home when the next batter, Ashley Arbon, singled. MSU added a pair of runs in the third on a Jessie Smith sacrifice fly and an Ashley Knehans run-scoring single to account for all the offense Supak and Rose would need.
For the fall season, Supak was a dominant 4-0 on the mound with a miniscule 0.43 earned run average for MSU. The junior transfer allowed just one earned run in 21.0 innings while striking out 16 hitters. Rose was equally impressive in her first action as a Bear. The freshman held the opposition to a .082 batting average and racked up six saves while permitting just four hits and fanning 21 batters in just 16 innings of work.
As a team MSU posted a 1.26 ERA, allowing only eight runs in eight games. The Bears' pitching staff limited its opponents to just 32 hits in 57 total innings, a .166 batting average against, while Missouri State fielders committed just three errors in all.
On the offensive side, the Bears posted a .324 batting average and outscored their opponents 28-8. Gammon was MSU's top hitter, going 10-for-20 (.500) with seven runs scored and a pair of steals. Elysha Swider also turned in a strong fall campaign, batting .429 (6-for-14) with a pair of doubles, and Jessie Smith hit .350 (7-for-20) with a team-high nine runs batted in.