Feb. 25, 2012
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The No. 11 Missouri softball team opened the 2012 Cathedral City Classic with an 8-0 run-rule win over UC Davis on Friday night. The Tigers hit three home runs and scored in each of the first three innings, while freshman Bailey Erwin picked up her first victory with a complete game shutout. Mizzou is now 4-1 on the season.<
No. 11 Mizzou 8, UC Davis 0 (5)
|W - Erwin (1-0)||5.0||4||0||0||1||1|
|L - Vela (3-5)||2.0||4||5||5||2||3|
|MU - Roth||2||2||1||2||1||1||0|
|MU - Randazzo||3||2||2||1||0||1||0|
In the bottom half of the inning, Erwin worked out of a jam to keep the Aggies off the board. Each of the first two UC Davis batters reached with singles, and they were moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. The next hitter drew a full count walk to load the bases, but Erwin got a 6-3 double play to end the inning.
In the second, freshman Angela Randazzo hit her first home run as a Tiger, pulling a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left to put Mizzou ahead 3-0. The Tigers put up a five-spot in the third inning as they batted around in the order to take an 8-0 lead. Hudson started the inning with a walk, and Fleming followed by ripping her third home run of the young season, sending the first pitch she saw over the wall in right.
Up 5-0, Roth took a walk and Randazzo reached on an error. A wild pitch would move them into scoring position, and a ground out by Princess Krebs plated Roth. Rachel Hay took the second walk of the inning, and Corrin Genovese hit a single up the middle to score Randazzo. A throwing error on the play allowed Hay to come all the way in and score, while Genovese moved up to third.
UC Davis put their first two batters on second and third with nobody out in the bottom of the fourth, but Erwin was able to work out of it again by getting two pop outs and her lone strikeout of the game to strand the Aggies in scoring position.
Erwin threw all five innings, giving up four hits while striking out one and walking one. Randazzo led the team with two hits, while Fleming and Roth each drove in a pair.
Missouri gets set for a doubleheader against two top-25 squads tomorrow afternoon, as they will take on No. 22 Nebraska at 4:30 p.m. CT and No. 5/7 Washington at 7 p.m. Stay tuned to mutigers.com and Mizzou’s Twitter page, @MizzouSoftball, for more information.
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