April 1, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Missouri State softball team (20-12) fell behind in the first inning and was unable to rebound in a 9-0 setback against Arkansas (24-14) in Fayetteville on Tuesday.
Senior second baseman Ashley Brentz continued her torrent pace at the plate since moving to the leadoff spot. She picked up two hits, her seventh game hitting safely in eight since moving to the one-hole.
Freshman Allie Alvstad was also perfect at the plate drawing a walk and getting a hit in two plate appearances. Rebecca McPherson and Heather Duckworth accounted for the Bears other hits in the game.
Brentz wasted no time in eliminating the option of a repeat no-hitter by Arkansas. She promptly singled up the middle to lead off the game for Missouri State. She advanced all the way to third on successive ground outs, but was stranded there to end the frame.
In the bottom of the inning, Arkansas scored six times on just two hits and an MSU error. The Razorbacks also drew five walks in the inning with the aid of a shrunken strike zone.
Allie Alvstad walked with one away in the Bears' third. Brentz followed and grounded to second, but the throw to first was wide allowing both runners to move into scoring position. Kerri Cunningham then grounded to third, but Arkansas turned the double play with a tag out at the plate to end the inning.
Heather Duckworth singled through the left side with two down in the fourth. A fielder's choice put out ended the inning keeping MSU off the board.
In the fifth inning, Rebecca McPherson began the rally with an infield single. Two batters later, Alvstad singled through the right side and Brentz followed with another single, this time to left field, to load the bases. Arkansas pitching, though, closed the door and the Bears were held scoreless to complete the game.
Arkansas put up single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to put the game out of reach.
Erin Struemph began the game in the circle. Chelsea Jones entered in relief and pitched three solid innings. Jessie Van Es pitched the final inning allowing just one hit.
Missouri State continues its six-game road swing with three games at Drake on Saturday and Sunday. MSU will then travel to Chicago for a make-up doubleheader at Loyola on Monday, April 7. The Bears are back home on April 12 and 13 with a three-game series against Indiana State.