March 11, 2006

Bears Come Up Short Against Missouri State, Wichita State For Second Consecutive Day

March 11, 2006

Missouri State Box Score

Wichita State Box Score

WICHITA, Kan. - The University of Northern Colorado softball team could not get the monkey off its back, as the Bears lost to Missouri State and Wichita State for the second consecutive day at the Shocker Invitational.

Northern Colorado (6-15) lost 6-1 to MSU in the first game, followed by a 6-0 loss to Wichita State in the day's final game. The Bears tallied eight hits on the day - all coming against Missouri State.

Missouri State controlled the game flow for most of the game, taking a 6-0 lead going into the top of the seventh inning after scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Bears made a comeback with two outs in the bottom of the seventh when sophomore Mackenzie Barrett hit an RBI single to right field that drove in freshman Alyse Kochenberger.

But the rally ended when sophomore Ashley Geist fouled out. Jessica Milligan picked up the loss for the Bears after pitching a solid 2.1 innings, giving up one earned run. Shea Carpenter pitched 3.2 innings in relief, giving up three earned runs and striking out five. Barrett finished 3-for-3 on the day.

Against the Wichita State Shockers, Northern Colorado couldn't find an answer for WSU's Margo Pruis. Pruis pitched a no-hit complete game and struck out 13. Freshman Hillarie Van Otterloo was credited with the loss after pitching 4.2 innings and giving up two earned runs.

The Bears will conclude play at the Shocker Invitational tomorrow at 9 a.m. mountain time against Texas Tech.