Softball Falls to No. 2 Tide, Beats USF



Feb. 26, 2011

TAMPA, Fla. -
The No. 16/15 Missouri Tigers split their doubleheader on Saturday at the USF Fairfield Inn and Suites Tampa North Tournament, as they fell 3-1 to No. 5/2 Alabama before knocking off host South Florida by a 4-0 final.  Missouri is now 4-3 on the year and 3-1 on the weekend.

No. 2 Alabama 3, No. 15 Mizzou 1
Box Score | Missouri vs. Alabama 

Time: 1:51
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F
Alabama 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3
MIZZOU 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
W - Dunne (7-0) 7.0 3 1 1 2 7
L - Thomas (0-2) 7.0 6 3 3 0 9
Hitting Leaders AB R H RBI BB HR
MU - Taylor 3 1 2 0 0 0
MU - Fleming 3 0 1 1 0 0

No. 15 Mizzou 4, South Florida 1
Box Score | Missouri vs. USF 

Time: 1:53
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F
MIZZOU 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 4
USF 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
W - Nottelmann (3-0) 7.0 3 1 1 0 8
L - Nevins (2-2) 5.0 7 4 3 0 4
Hitting Leaders AB R H RBI BB HR
MU - Taylor 4 2 3 2 0 1
MU - Fleming 3 1 2 0 0 0

Senior Rhea Taylor went 5-for-7 on the day with three runs, a home run, two runs batted in and three stolen bases on as many attempts.

No. 2 Alabama 3, No. 15 Missouri 1

After Chelsea Thomas set down the first three Crimson Tide on swinging strikeouts, the Tigers put together a golden opportunity in the first inning.  Rhea Taylor started things off with a single up the middle and stole second base, while Jenna Marston worked a full count walk.  Alabama's Kelsi Dunne got Ashley Fleming to strike out and Catherine Lee to ground out before Nicole Hudson drew a two out walk, but Dunne struck out Kathryn Poet to end the threat.

Thomas allowed a leadoff single in the second but retired the side with three more strikeouts.  The Crimson Tide jumped ahead in the top of the third with a pair of doubles to make it 1-0.  Kendall Dawson doubled to start the inning, hitting a liner to center just off the edge of a leaping Taylor's glove.  After a pop out, Kayla Braud hit a double to left, scoring Dawson for the first run of the game.  Jennifer Fenton followed with a single off Hudson's glove at third to put runners on the corners, and a fielder's choice pushed the Tide lead to 2-0.

An RBI single by Fleming in the bottom half of the third cut Alabama's lead in half.  Taylor led off the inning with a perfectly placed bunt right in front of the plate, and stole her second base of the game.  With one out, Fleming worked a full count and fouled off a few pitches before pulling one into right field, plating Taylor and trimming the deficit to 2-1.

The score remained tied at 2-1 into the sixth inning, when Whitney Larsen pulled a solo home run over the left field fence to make it 3-1 in Alabama's favor.

Dunne retired the last 10 batters she faced as she improved to 7-0 on the season.  Thomas fell to 0-2 on the year, as she threw a complete game, allowing the three runs on six hits.  She struck out nine and didn't walk a single batter.  Taylor led the Tiger offense with two singles and two stolen bases, extending her hitting streak to nine games.

No. 15 Missouri 4, South Florida 1

Junior Kristin Nottelmann threw a gem, going all seven innings while allowing just one run on only three hits and striking out eight.  After allowing a one out single in the second, Nottelmann set down 16 straight before allowing back-to-back two out hits in the bottom of the second.  She's now 3-0 on the year with a 1.24 earned run average to go along with 15 strikeouts and only three walks.

Mizzou broke the scoreless tie with an unearned run in the top of the third, as back-to-back two out fielding errors helped the Tigers put a run across. Taylor's bunt was fielded by the third baseman, but the throw was dropped by the covering second baseman at first base, allowing her to advance to second.  Lee followed with a grounder of her own to third, who then threw the ball over the first baseman's head, bringing Taylor around to score and moving Lee to second.  Marston singled into left field, but Lee was thrown out trying to score at the plate, keeping the score at 1-0.

The Tigers tallied another in the following inning to extend the lead to 2-0.  Fleming led off the inning with a double in the right-center field gap, her second of the season.  After stealing third, senior Marla Schweisberger singled back up the middle to plate Fleming.  Two batters later, Krebs reached on a throwing error to put runners on the corners, but the inning came to an end when Missouri's double steal attempt was thwarted as Brianna Corwin was thrown out at home on the play.

Taylor made it 4-0 Mizzou with her first home run of the season, connecting on a 1-2 pitch over the right-center field fence, plating Abby Vock who was hit by a pitch to start the inning.

South Florida's lone run came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, as they got a single and double to plate their lone run and break up the shutout.

Taylor finished 3-for-4 with the home run and two RBI while Marston also added three hits in four at bats.

Missouri closes out the tournament tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. CT with Western Michigan.



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