Feb. 18, 2012
TROY, Ala. - The No. 6/5 Missouri softball team dropped their first game of the year on Saturday morning, losing 6-5 to Eastern Kentucky in 10 innings. The loss drops the Tigers to 2-1 on the season. Missouri was scheduled to play East Tennessee State at 1:30 p.m. CT this afternoon, but the game was postponed due to rain.
Eastern Kentucky 6, No. 5 Mizzou 5 (10)
|W - Robb (2-0)||8.0||8||4||3||1||7|
|L - Thomas (1-1)||2.2||1||2||0||1||5|
|MU - Fleming||4||2||2||2||0||1||0|
|MU - Marston||4||1||3||1||1||0||1|
In the sixth, Eastern Kentucky was finally able to break freshman Bailey Erwin's shutout with a run to trim the lead to 2-1. The first three batters of the inning reached safely, as two singled and one reached on a fielding error. Another base hit drove in the Colonels' first run of the game, but Fleming threw out Carissa Reisinger at the plate, trying to score from second. Shannon McQueen then hit a chopper to Nicole Hudson at third, who threw the runner out at the plate. Erwin got a ground out to end the inning.
Missouri got that run right back in the bottom half of the inning, as Marston singled in Ashtin Stephens. Stephens singled with two outs and stole second base, allowing her to score on Marston's second hit of the game and make it 3-1.
However, the Colonels were able to tag Erwin for three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead. With two outs and two runners aboard via singles, Reisinger singled up the middle to load the bases. Erwin then issues a four-pitch walk, bringing in a run and making it 3-2. Katie Tackett then hit one back up the middle, and despite getting a glove on it, Erwin was unable to throw a runner out, tying the game at three apiece. Troy took the lead on a single by McQueen into center field.
In the bottom half, the Tigers were able to push across a run to send it to extras. Fleming was hit by pitch to start the inning and Hudson followed with a base hit through the left side. Muller put them in scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, setting up a sacrifice fly by Corrin Genovese.
With the international tiebreaker rule in effect, each team scored a run in the ninth to make it 5-5. Eastern Kentucky started the inning with a sacrifice bunt, moving the tiebreaker runner from second to third. Raquel Howes then singled down the line in left, scoring the runner. For Missouri, Kayla Kingsley swiped third base with one out, setting up a sacrifice fly for Hudson.
Eastern Kentucky went ahead 6-5 in the 10th on a sacrifice fly by Lauren Mitchell with one out. Mizzou got their runner to third with one down, but Mackenzie Sykes hit a chopper up the middle that was snagged by the EKU pitcher, who nailed Princess Krebs at the plate trying to score from third.
Chelsea Thomas came in relief and threw 2.2 innings, striking out five and walking one. She took the loss after allowing two team earned runs. Due to the international tiebreaker rule, the runs do not count as earned runs for Thomas. Erwin took a no decision in her first career start, striking out eight and walking two in 7.1 innings.
Marston led all Tigers with three hits while adding a run and an RBI. Fleming collected two extra base hits, while Stephens, Hudson and Muller all had two hits apiece.
Missouri will close out their first weekend of play on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. CT against ETSU. The game has been moved from the Troy Softball Complex to another nearby facility. Live stats will not be provided due to a lack of internet access at the complex, but updates will be provided through the team's Twitter account, @MizzouSoftball. The Nicholls State game is canceled.
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