Feb. 26, 2012
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The No. 11 Missouri softball team closed out the Cathedral City Classic with a 3-2 record, splitting their two games against Northwestern and No. 7/5 UCLA. The Tigers fell to the Wildcats, 7-1, before bouncing back and defeating No. 7/5 UCLA by a 7-5 final in six innings for their second win over a top-10 team this weekend.
Northwestern 7, No. 11 Mizzou 1
|W - Lamberth (2-2)||7.0||6||1||1||4||4|
|L - Nottelmann (2-2)||7.0||6||1||1||4||4|
|MU - Roth||4||0||2||0||0||0||0|
|MU - Genovese||3||1||1||0||1||0||0|
No. 11 Mizzou 7, No. 7 UCLA 5
|W - Thomas (3-1)||6.0||8||5||5||5||7|
|L - Carda (5-2)||3.0||2||5||2||4||1|
|MU - Roth||2||0||1||2||1||0||0|
|MU - Hudson||3||0||1||3||0||0||1|
Northwestern jumped ahead with a big home run in the top of the first inning, as Marisa Bast sent an opposite field shot over the wall in right field. Emily Allard started the game by singling up the middle, and a fielding error two batters later gave the Wildcats runners on the corners with just one out, setting up Bast’s three run homer.
The Wildcats added a pair in the top of the second to cushion their lead. Anna Edwards led off the inning with the team’s second homer of the game, a solo blast to left field. With two outs, Northwestern got a pair of singles and drew a four pitch walk to load the bases. Bast then hit a sinking liner to third base that was stopped by Nicole Hudson, but she was unable to retire a runner, scoring Northwestern’s fifth run of the game.
Another two runs in the top of the third extended the Wildcats lead to 7-0, aided by two more Missouri errors. With one out, a fielding error and a walk put two runners aboard for Northwestern. After a fielder’s choice retired the runner at second and put runners on the corners, an infield single brought home the runner from third. A throwing error on the play allowed runners to advance to the corners again, and a perfectly executed double steal scored another run.
The Tigers put the leadoff runner aboard to start the bottom of the third, as Ashtin Stephens drew a leadoff walk. Jenna Marston reached on a fielding error two batters later to put two aboard, but Stephens was thrown out at the plate with two outs on Kelsea Roth’s second single of the game, ending the threat.
Missouri put a pair of runners on in the fourth inning and loaded the bases in the fifth but came up empty on both occasions. In the fifth, the Tigers got a leadoff bunt single by Corrin Genovese and drew two walks in the inning, loading the bases for Rachel Hay. Hay hit a liner into the hole between short and third, but the Wildcat third baseman ran it down for the third out.
Mizzou threatened again in the seventh, loading the bases with nobody out after a walk to Genovese and singles by Marston and Ashley Fleming. Missouri was only able to put one run on the board, scoring on a double play.
Senior Kristin Nottelmann fell to 2-2 after allowing five earned runs in seven innings. She walked four and struck out four while surrendering seven hits. Roth led all Tigers with two hits. Missouri stranded 10 runners on base.
No. 11 Mizzou 7, No. 7 UCLA 5 (6)
Just like the first game, the Tigers surrendered a three-run homer in the first inning to fall behind. Chelsea Thomas hit the leadoff hitter on the first pitch and gave up a single to the next hitter. After a ground out, B.B. Bates hit a three run bomb to center field to open the scoring. The Bruins would bat through the lineup and load the bases again, but would fail to push across another run in the inning.
Mizzou got a pair back in their half of the first after the first three hitters reached base safely. Marston led off with a double into the left-center gap and after Genovese walked, Fleming singled to load them up. A fielder’s choice recorded the first out at the plate, but Nicole Hudson hit a two run single through the right side to cut into the lead. UCLA starter Destiny Rodino was removed for Ally Carda, who retired the next two batters to strand runners in scoring position.
The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the second inning with three runs on one hit. Ashtin Stephens drew a one out walk and Marston picked up her second hit of the game to put runners on the corners. After Marston stole second, Genovese reached on an error, driving in Stephens on the play. Fleming walked to load the bases and Roth took a walk on four pitches, bringing in the go-ahead run. Hudson then grounded out, scoring Genovese to make it 5-3.
Missouri extended their lead with two in the fourth. Marston walked to start the inning and Genovese reached on a fielding error. A pair of wild pitches moved the runners up two bases, bringing Marston in to score. Roth then roped a double into center field, bringing in Genovese to push the lead to 7-3.
UCLA got those runs right back in the top of the fifth, with Bates leading off the inning with her second home run of the game. Two straight one out singles put a pair on, and a walk loaded the bases, setting up a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 7-5.
The game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning due to time constraints. Chelsea Thomas got the win to move to 3-1 on the year, working through six innings allowing five runs on eight hits. She struck out seven and walked five. Marston led the team with two hits and two runs, Hudson drove in three and Roth plated a pair.
The Tigers return to their home state next weekend for the annual Missouri Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament. For more information, stay tuned to mutigers.com.
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