"Defensively, we were solid today," said head coach Holly Hesse. "Missouri put the ball in play a lot and we handled a vast majority of those, highlighted by Kerri's (Cunningham) great catch in centerfield. Chelsea (Jones) stood tall out there. She did a great job having to face their line up four or five times. Stevie (Pierce) and Ashley (Brentz) had a nice day at the plate against an All-American pitcher."
Stevie Pierce had three hits on the day and Ashley Brentz added two hits in the doubleheader against the Tigers.
Game 1 - Missouri State 0, Missouri 12 (5 innings)
Missouri got a solo home run in the first inning to jump ahead. In the Bears half of the inning, Kirstin Cutter drew a leadoff walk. Brentz reached on a fielder's choice, but was caught stealing and the Bears were unable to tie the game.
In the second, the Tigers added a run on a sac fly. Neither team scored in the third or fourth innings, but Brentz reached on an infield single in the fourth for the Bears' first hit of the game. Kerri Cunningham made a diving catch in center in the third to keep the Tigers off the board.
Missouri blew the game open in the fifth, plating 10 runs in an inning that saw three Tigers' home runs.
Game 2 - Missouri State 0, Missouri 7
After keeping the Tigers best hitter hitless in game one, Nicole Hudson popped a two-run home run in the top of the first inning of game two. In the bottom of the frame, Brentz picked up her second hit of the day with another infield single. She was stranded on base as the inning ended.
The Bears' second inning started promising. Pierce roped a single through the left side to begin the inning. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lauren Eisenreich and was then replaced by pinch runner Ali Trickey. A groundout to the right side by Rebecca McPherson moved Trickey to third, but the Bears were unable to get her home.
Missouri State again got the leadoff hitter on in the third. Caitlin Chapin reached on a fielding error and moved up on a passed ball, but she remained there as the inning came to a close.
In the fourth, Pierce reached on another Tiger error with one away. Eisenreich reached on a fielder's choice and then stole second, but was stranded at second.
Missouri widened the lead in the fifth with a three-run home run. The Tigers added single runs in the sixth and the seventh.
Down to their last at-bat, the Bears got another single through the left side from Pierce to begin the inning. Eisenreich and McPherson reached on fielder's choices as the Tigers eliminated the lead runner. A fly out to right ended the game.
Missouri State will hit the road for a three-game series at Illinois State this Saturday and Sunday. The Bears return home next Tuesday, April 9, for a 5:00 p.m. game against Central Arkansas.