May 27, 2010

By Bo Allegrucci
Special to

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Everyone and their designated hitter was talking about Metro State's fearsome offense on the opening day of the Division II softball championships, but the Roadrunners didn't have the pitching against Angelo State.

In fact, Metro State had enough trouble just trying to make pitches.

Roadrunner starter Christie Robinson was called for three illegal pitches in the first inning of Thursday's opening-round game, and reliever Brittany Moss balked three more times as Angelo State stacked an early 4-0 lead on their way to a 10-3 win.

Angelo State (49-13) will face Hawaii Pacific in a winner's bracket game on Friday at 7:30 p.m. while Metro State (51-5) will play Wayne State in a loser's bracket game at 3:30 p.m.

While Metro State racked up an unheard of 20 illegal pitches by game's end (seven with runners on base), Angelo State hurler Chelsea Nelson shut down the Roadrunner offense.

Metro State leads the nation in home runs and team slugging percentage, but Nelson scattered six hits and three earned runs while striking out four and walking none in a complete game.

Meanwhile, her Rambelle offense collected two runs in the first and two more in the second after four hits, three walks, a hit batsman and a half-dozen illegal pitches.

"No comment," Metro State coach Jen Fisher said when asked about the repeated balks.

Robinson left in the second after giving up a solo homer to Megan Pumphrey, and Sarah DeMoss greeted Moss with an RBI double.

Metro State third baseman Tara Mickelson got the roadrunners on the board with a two-run homer in the top of the third, but Angelo State answered with four more in their next two at-bats.

DeMoss hit two doubles while Alix Dean and Kaycee Taylor each hit one.