It was another weekend of pitching dominance and limited offense for the Missouri State softball Bears.
The Bears went to the Ole Miss Classic and took the third place trophy in the four-team tournament with a record of 3-2.
Pitching continued to be the Bears’ strength, as it has been all season. The Bears’ staff saw six runs come through in five games.
The Bears beat California Baptist on Friday, Feb. 28, 1-0. Junior pitcher Steffany Dickerson tossed a complete-game shutout and allowed three hits. Freshman third baseman Tess Weakly hit an RBI-double in the third to score junior shortstop Daphne Plummer for the game’s only run.
The second game on Friday for the Bears was against Jackson State. Senior pitcher Erin Griesbauer threw seven innings while allowing five hits and the Bears won 4-2.
Two wins on Friday set up the Bears for the first seed in the knockout rounds of the tournament. They needed to beat Ole Miss. Dickerson walked an Ole Miss batter in the second, and after a wild pitch and a bunt was able to get pinch runner Katelin Cooper to third, she was able to get home on a groundout.
Cooper’s run proved to be the only run of the day. The Bears had five hits to the Rebels one, but none of them turned into marks in the run column.
The loss pushed the Bears to the No. 2 seed in the knockout rounds. California Baptist beat the Bears 3-1 in the semifinals.
The Bears lit up Jackson State in Sunday’s consolation game, run-ruling the Tigers 8-0.
Dickerson continues to be a force on the mound. She has an ERA of 0.88 through 40 innings pitched.
In the batters’ box the Bears only have three batters hitting higher than .250. The Bears are 6-8 but have lost three games by one run.
Head coach Holly Hesse said the team’s pitching was good over the weekend, but the offense is still a work in progress.
"I was really pleased with our pitching again today, they kept us in both games," Hesse said in a press release on Saturday. "Steff was lights out against a really good offensive team in Ole Miss. Offensively, we came up short on the day and couldn't back up our pitchers, but our hitting will come around as we continue to get at-bats in."
The Bears will be down in Oklahoma next weekend for the Mizuno Classic with teams traveling to both Norman and Stillwater.