Feb. 17, 2012
TROY, Ala. – The No. 6/5 Missouri Tigers opened up their 2012 season with two wins on Friday at the Quality Inn Classic, hosted by the Troy Trojans. The Tigers started the day with a 3-2 victory over the Ball State Cardinals, before shutting out the Trojans by a 4-0 final later in the evening.
No. 5 Mizzou 3, Ball State 2
|W - Nottelmann (1-0)||7.0||5||2||1||9||7|
|L - Workman (0-1)||6.0||5||3||3||4||1|
|MU - Randazzo||1||0||1||0||2||0|
|MU - Hudson||3||1||1||1||0||0|
No. 5 Mizzou 4, Troy 0
|W - Thomas (1-0)||7.0||2||0||0||2||5|
|L - Affeldt (1-1)||3.2||4||3||2||3||2|
|MU - Fleming||4||1||2||1||0||1|
|MU - Kingsley||3||0||1||2||0||0|
Mizzou 3, Ball State 2
Ball State saw opportunities to score in their first three innings, but Nottelmann was able to work in-and-out of jams to keep the game scoreless. Nottelmann struck out the first two batters of the game, but gave up a single and issued a walk to put a pair of runners on with two outs. A short pop out to right-center, tracked down by Fleming, ended the threat.
In the second, Ball State got a one out single and drew another walk to put two more runners on base. After a strikeout, the runners moved up on a wild pitch, but Nottelmann got a pop out to shortstop for the third out. In the third, a one out single and a two out walk put another pair of Cardinals on base, but an unassisted ground out to third kept the game scoreless.
The Tigers broke the tie in their half of the third, putting three runs on the board to take the lead. Ashtin Stephens dropped a bunt single with one out for Mizzou’s first hit of the game, while Jenna Marston took a walk to put a pair of runners on. Nicole Hudson then split the left-center field gap to bring in the first run of the game, scoring Stephens on the play. Ashley Fleming singled into right field, bringing in Marston, and moved to second on the throw to keep a pair of runners in scoring position. After the single, Angela Randazzo and Kelsea Roth drew back-to-back walks, scoring Hudson.
The game remained at 3-0 into the top of the sixth, when Ball State put together another threat following a leadoff double and a walk. However, Nottelmann got out of it again, getting Taylor Cox to line out to Stephens at second, who stepped on the bag to double off the runner on second.
The Cardinals kept the pressure on in the top of the seventh, drawing three walks in the inning while pushing across two runs. After a one out walk, Ball State got a base hit and took another walk to load the bases. Audrey Bickel then lifted a deep fly ball to center field that was dropped, allowing two runs to score to cut the lead to 3-2. Nottelmann was able to secure the victory with two straight strikeouts to end the game.
For Missouri, Hudson, Fleming, Randazzo, Mackenzie Sykes and Stephens each picked up a hit, while Hudson, Fleming and Roth added an RBI apiece. Nottelmann allowed five hits, one earned run and issued nine walks while striking out seven.
Mizzou 4, Troy 0
Missouri used a couple free passes with two outs in the top of the second to jump ahead of Troy, as Kayla Kingsley redeemed her game one error with a two run double into center field. Roth took a one out single to get the inning started and Genovese followed with a base hit. The pair of Tiger runners moved into scoring position on a ground out by Kelsi Jones. After Princess Krebs walked on four pitches, Kingsley drove one into center field to get on the board.
The Tigers added an unearned run in the top of the fourth, ignited with two out double into center by Krebs. Kingsley followed with a hard shot that went through the shortstop’s legs and into the outfield, allowing Krebs to come in and score.
Thomas took a no-hitter into the bottom of the fourth, but it was broken up on a one out single to center by Nikki Hollett. Troy wasn’t able to take advantage, however, as Thomas struck out the next hitter and Marston threw out the runner trying to steal second.
Mizzou extended their lead in the top half of the next inning, as Fleming blasted the first Tiger home run of the season. Fleming, who led the team last year with 14 home runs, delivered a 1-0 pitch deep over the wall in center field to make it 4-0.
Thomas earned the victory to move to 1-0 on the season with a complete game, two-hit shutout. She struck out five while issuing two walks. Fleming led the Tigers with two hits, while Kingsley’s two RBI were tops on the squad.
The Tigers continue action at the Quality Inn Classic tomorrow morning. The original schedule has been altered due to expected rain in the area. Initially scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT, the Tigers will now play Eastern Kentucky at 8:30 a.m. Their 9 p.m. game against East Tennessee State was moved into that 1:30 p.m. slot. Sunday’s game against Nicholls State was also moved up to 9 a.m. For updated information, stay tuned to mutigers.com and follow the Mizzou softball Twitter account, @MizzouSoftball.
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