Missouri State standout pitcher Natalie Rose is continuing her softball career aboard as she recently joined the Kiel Seahawks in Germany. She is the only international player on the roster for the Seahawks and will remain with the team through October. Rose learned of the opportunity to pitch through the International Federation of Softball.
Rose completed her Missouri State career as one of the best hurlers in Bears’ history. She was a two-time All-MVC selection and a three-time MVC All-Tournament honoree. Rose threw every pitch for the Bears in each of the last two MVC Tournaments and was named Tournament MVP after leading MSU to the title and its 6th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011. She earned MVC Pitcher of the Week honors four times in her career, twice in 2011 and twice in 2012.
Rose set school records by appearing in 49 games, tossing 265.1 innings and starting 39 games in 2011. She is the all-time leader in appearances as a Bear with 155. Her 664 career strikeouts and 721.2 innings are third on the MSU all-time list. She also ranks in the top-five in career wins (52), games started (91), complete games (64) and shutouts (15) as a Bear.
On May 7, 2011, Rose tossed the 13th no-hitter in school history in a 1-0 blanking of Evansville at Killian Stadium. She also tossed a pair of one-hitters in her career, a 2-1 win at Arkansas on April 6, 2011, and a 1-0 eight-inning shutout of league-leader UNI in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on April 22, 2012.
This season, Rose was especially sharp, ranking in or near the top-10 nationally in fewest walks allowed per seven innings. She ended the season at 1.06 walks per game, currently 11th in the nation.