Nittany Lion Softball Defeats Missouri State for Fourth Lady ¡®Back Invitational Victory
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. ¨C February 25, 2006 ¨C Missy Beseres pitched a no-hitter this afternoon vs. Missouri State, to lead Penn State to a 4-0 win over the Bears at the Lady ¡®Back Invitational. With this evening¡¯s victory, Beseres tied the Penn State mark for career wins with 36. She had 34 victories entering this season, and recorded two wins this weekend to tie Jaci Kalp¡¯s Penn State record. Beseres is now 2-2 on the season, as the Lions improve to 6-3.
In her second start of the invitational, Beseres walked Missouri State¡¯s first batter but bounced back to strikeout the next. After a centerfield out by Leigh Murray, Beseres struck-out the next Bear as well.
In the bottom of the first inning, sophomore Jen Acunto recorded the Lions¡¯ first hit of the game with a double to right field, but was left on base on an Ashley Esparza strikeout.
The third inning saw second baseman Rebecca Bautista single up the middle to get the offense rolling for the Nittany Lions. Jen Williams reached first on a fielder¡¯s choice, then Meghan Wolfer singled to advance Williams to second but Acunto struck out swinging to end the inning for the Lions.
Beseres struck-out her fourth batter of the game to start off the fourth inning, and after walking one Bear, caught another looking to end the inning and record her fifth strikeout of the game.
Meghan Wolfer singled on a bunt to lead-off the sixth inning for the Nittany Lions then advanced to second on a passed ball. Missouri State pitcher Shannon Buslepp walked Esparza, and Murray singled to left field to load the bases for Penn State with one out on the scoreboard. Catcher Hollee Haines then singled up the right side to drive in Wolfer for the first score of the game, putting the Nittany Lions up 1-0.
Penn State continued to execute offensively in the sixth, capitalizing on one Missouri State error and four Penn State hits to score three more runs and put the Lions up 4-0.
It would be three up, three down for the Bears in the top of the seventh, as Penn State remained undefeated at the invitational (4-0) on an eight-strikeout, no-hitter effort by Beseres. The Nittany Lions were also errorless for the second consecutive game.
Penn State defeated Drake earlier today by a score of 2-1 in eight innings, and was also victorious vs. Arkansas (4-3 in 10 innings) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (4-0), yesterday. The Nittany Lions will wrap-up Lady ¡®Back Invitational action at 9 a.m. (10 a.m. EST) tomorrow as they take on North Dakota State.