KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Darian Frost
and Kaitlin Beason
launched their first home runs of the season in the Missouri State softball team's 8-0, run-rule victory over the UMKC Roos at Missouri 3&2 Complex, Friday afternoon.
Missouri State jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after juniors Hailee Vigneaux
and Madison Jones
reached base on a single and misplayed fielder's choice. Following a double steal and a walk, senior Mary Stephens
stepped up to the plate with the bases juiced and fired a shot back up the middle to score Vigneaux and Jones, giving the Bears an early 2-0 lead with only one out. After a single and a walk brought in another run for the Bears, Beason belted a single to bring in Stephens from third.
Junior Erika Velasquez Zimmer
got things going for the Bears in the top of the third, ripping a triple down the right-field line. With a runner in scoring position, Jones reached base safely off another UMKC error, scoring Zimmer to give the Bears a 5-0 advantage.
Two Bears went yard against UMKC, putting the nail in the coffin to seal in a Missouri State victory. With two outs in the top of the third, Beason lifted a pitch over the center-field wall to make it a 6-0 ball game. Two innings later, Frost tattooed a two-run homer over the left-center wall to complete the Bears' run rule over the Roos.
Helping her own cause, Beason was near-perfect in the circle, allowing only one hit during her third shutout of the season. Beason prevented the Roos from sending a ball into the outfield as she induced eight ground outs and struck out one batter.
Up Next For The Bears
The Bears continue play at the We Back Pat Tournament tomorrow at 11 a.m., where they will take on Southeast Missouri followed by a 5 p.m. matchup against Saint Louis. For more information on the Missouri State softball team, visit www.missouristatebears.com