CMU Softball Falls to Rogers State in Opening Round
CLAREMORE, OK - No. 2-seed Central Methodist saw its school-record 19-game winning streak come to an end Monday evening after dropping a 2-0 decision to No. 3 Rogers State (Okla.) in the first game of the 2013 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round for both teams.
With the loss, the Eagles fall into an elimination game against Morningside (Iowa) on Tuesday at 12 p.m. CT at Diamond Sports Complex.
Rogers State (39-17) ended an eight-game losing streak and scored the only run it would need in the top of the first inning, playing as the visiting team on its own field because of bracket seeding. Jamie King led off the game with a single up the middle and scored three batters later on a Shona Guerrero sacrifice fly to right. The Hillcats added an insurance run in the fifth inning with a bases-loaded RBI single from King.
Central Methodist (34-11-1) threatened to close the deficit in the bottom of the sixth. Mary Kate Townley led off with a single to shallow single and advanced to third base later in the frame on a Jacqui Cappuccilli single to deep right center field. However, in the next at-bat and with a full count and two outs, Rogers State pitcher Laura Fleck was able to get a called strike on the outside corner to end the threat and inning.
King was 3-for-4 with one RBI and run scored.
Fleck (28-11) went the distance for the win, scattering four hits and was able to overcome three walks.
Townley, Cappuccilli, Michele Rupard and Bri Boatwright each had one hit. Megan Robbins drew two walks.
Central Methodist pitcher Aubrey Utley (17-5) dropped the first decision in her last 10 outings. The three-time Heart of America Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year threw a complete game, allowing two earned runs on nine hits and struck out one.