Feb. 27, 2011
TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 15 Tiger softball team closed out the USF Fairfield Inn and Suites Tampa North Tournament with a 6-1 over Western Michigan. Missouri went 4-1 on the weekend and is now 5-3 overall.
No. 15 Mizzou 6, Western Michigan 1
|W - Muller (1-0)||2.0||2||0||0||0||2|
|L - Whitney (0-4)
|MU - Hudson||3||1||1||2||0||0|
|MU - Sykes||1||1||1||1||2||1|
Missouri put up a three-spot in the first inning to take the early lead, highlighted by Hudson two-run double. Rhea Taylor and Jenna Marston each walked to start the game, and they moved up a base on a ground out to set up Hudson’s two-bagger. After stealing third, Hudson was plated on a groundout by Lindsey Muller to make it 3-0.
Western Michigan got one back in the top of the second on a Michelle Bendenwald RBI single to center. Lexi Jager led off the inning with a single to left and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a ground out before Bendenwald’s running scoring hit.
A sacrifice fly by Muller in the bottom of the third increased Mizzou’s lead to 4-1. In the bottom of the fourth, Mackenzie Sykes picked up her first career collegiate hit, run, home run and RBI as she crushed the 1-2 pitch over the left field wall, making it a 5-1 Tiger lead.
Missouri added an unearned run in the fifth to increase their lead to 6-1. Ashley Fleming tossed the last two innings, setting down all six she faced while striking out two. Muller got the win, her first of the year, throwing two innings of relief while allowing no runs on two hits with two strikeouts.
Taylor went 1-for-2 to extend her hitting streak to 11 games. Hudson and Muller had two RBI each.
The Tigers open their home schedule this Wednesday, March 2 with a doubleheader against Drake at University Field beginning at 3 p.m. CT. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for more information.
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