Feb. 25, 2011
TAMPA, Fla. - The No. 16/15 Missouri softball team swept their first two games of the USF Fairfield Inn and Suites Tampa North Tournament on Friday, beating outlasting Temple by an 8-7 score before toppling Illinois State, 8-2. The Tigers scored 16 runs on 20 hits in the two games.
No. 15 Mizzou 8, Temple 7
|W - Hudson (1-1)||2.2||3||3||1||2||0|
|L - White (0-1)||7.0||9||8||8||4||3|
|S - Nottelmann (1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|MU - Hudson||4||2||2||2||0||1|
|MU - Muller||4||1||2||2||0||1|
No. 15 Mizzou 8, Illinois State 2
|W - Nottelmann (2-0)||4.0||5||1||1||1||4|
|L - Warner (3-3)||4.2||7||7||6||3||3|
|MU - Fleming||4||2||3||1||0||0|
|MU - Hudson||2||1||2||3||2||0|
No. 15 Missouri 8, Temple 7
Missouri put a pair of base runners on in each of the first two innings against Temple but failed to come up with any runs in either frame. The Tigers drew a pair of one out walks in the first inning, but a strikeout and a fly out ended the threat. In the second, sophomore Lindsey Muller started things off with a single and two batters later senior Marla Schweisberger doubled, putting runners on second and third. However, the inning came to an end when senior Abby Vock flew out to the right fielder, who threw Muller out at the plate who was trying to score on a tag up.
Mizzou broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third following back-to-back singles by seniors Rhea Taylor and Catherine Lee to start the inning. Lee advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an illegal pitch. Sophomore Nicole Hudson doubled in Ashley Fleming, who was hit by a pitch, to make it 3-0. Muller helped herself out by blasting a two-run home run over the left-center field wall, and Taylor made it 6-0 later in the inning by beating out an infield single with runners on second and third.
Temple's bats woke up in the bottom of the fourth, as they pushed across six runs to tie up the score. The Owls started things off with back-to-back singles, while an error and a single cut the lead to 6-2 and chase Muller. Hudson was brought in to pitch, and after getting the second out, gave up an RBI single and a three run home run to tie the game.
The Tigers retook the lead in the top of the fifth off a pinch hit home run by freshman Maddison Ruggeberg, the first home run of her career, pushing the Tiger lead to 7-6.
The lead was short-lived, though, as Temple added another run to even the score at 7-7. The Owls got a leadoff double and loaded the bases with a pair of one out walks. The next batter grounded out to short but beat the double play opportunity, scoring a run to tie the game.
Hudson helped herself out in the top of the seventh with a blast over the right-center field wall that wound up being the game winning home run, putting the Tigers back on top at 8-7. The home run was the second of the year for Hudson.
Junior Kristin Nottelmann came in and struck out the first two batters before getting a fly out to end the game for her first save of the season.
Hudson got the win, the first of her collegiate career, moving her to 1-1 on the season. Offensively, Hudson, Muller and Taylor collected two hits each, which Hudson and Muller both driving home two and hitting a home run.
No. 15 Missouri 8, Illinois State 2
Illinois State got on the board first in this one, as a solo home run to straightaway center field by Liz Andrews put the first run on the board.
The Tigers took the lead in the top of the third, scoring three runs on three hits in the frame. Taylor extended her hitting streak to eight games dating back to last season with a chopper over the third baseman's head, and then stole second base. Taylor advanced to third when Fleming reached on an error, and then came around to score on a single by Lee, tying the game at 1-1. Both Fleming and Lee touched home on Hudson's single to left-center, making it 3-1 in favor of Mizzou.
Mizzou pushed four more runs across in the top of the fifth to make it 7-1. Taylor doubled to lead off the inning and came around to score on an RBI single by Fleming. Lee reached on a fielder's choice, retiring Fleming, and Hudson drew a walk to put a pair of runners on. Schweisberger came off the bench and hit a two-run, pinch hit double to left center. Freshman Brianna Corwin came in to run for Schweisberger, and she would score on Kathryn Poet's first hit of the year, a run scoring double to the wall in left.
Illinois State made it 7-2 in the bottom of the sixth, but the Tigers got it right back following back-to-back-to-back singles by Fleming, Lee and Hudson, with Hudson's scoring Fleming from second, extending the Tiger lead to 8-2.
Chelsea Thomas relieved Nottelmann in the bottom of the fifth, getting the Redbirds out in order on only seven pitches. Fleming came in relief for Thomas and pitched the final two innings, allowing one run on one hit. Nottelmann picked up her second win of the year, throwing four innings of one run ball, scattering five hits and striking out four to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Missouri will continue the USF Fairfield Inn and Suites Tampa North Tournament tomorrow morning with No. 5/2 Alabama at 11:30 a.m. CT. The Tigers will later take on host South Florida, starting at 3:30 p.m. CT.
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