Feb. 28, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ga. – The No. 6/4 Missouri Tigers (8-2) battled through 10 tough innings with the Radford Highlanders (1-4) before coming out victorious, 7-6.
Junior Abby Vock picked a great time for her first hit of the season, as she roped a line drive single into center to drive home the winning run. Junior Rhea Taylor and freshman Nicole Hudson and Rachel Hay collected two hits apiece.
Sophomore Chelsea Thomas (6-1) pitched six innings in relief, giving up one earned run and strking out seven for her sixth win of the season.
The Highlanders jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, hitting solo home runs in each of the first two innings, but Missouri quickly bounced back. The Tigers pushed across three runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead. Junior Marla Schweisberger hit a high bouncer over the third baseman’s head and into left field for a leadoff single. Freshman Princess Krebs reached after the pitcher fielded a grounder back to the circle and threw the ball into centerfield trying to throw out Schweisberger advancing to second. After a groundout moved the runners to second and third with just one out, senior Gina Schneider hit a sacrifice fly to right to score the first Mizzou run of the game. Junior Rhea Taylor doubled home Krebs to tie the score, and fellow junior Catherine Lee singled in Taylor for her third RBI of the season, giving Missouri the 3-2 lead.
Radford’s third home run of the game evened the score at 3-3 in the fourth, and the teams would remain scoreless until the bottom of the sixth, when Schneider blasted her first home run of the season to give Missouri a 4-3 lead. However, Radford connected with their fourth solo shot of the game in the top of the seventh to even the score and send the game to extras.
In the eighth, RU’s Sarah Himan doubled in a run to give Radford a 5-4 lead, but the Tigers evened the score on senior Michaele Vock’s RBI single into right, scoring Schweisberger.
The teams exchanged runs again in the ninth to make it 6-6. After Radford scored in the top half, junior Lisa Simmons delivered a hard grounder that kicked off the second baseman. The shortstop fielded the ball and threw Simmons out at first, but it was enough to score Schneider from third.
In the tenth, Thomas set the Highlanders down 1-2-3, setting up Abby Vock’s walkoff single. Hay led off the inning by bunting freshman Ashlie Ortega over to third base. Radford intentionally walked Missouri’s next two batters, loading the bases for Vock, who delivered the winning hit.
The Tigers end the 2010 NFCA Leadoff Classic with a perfect 5-0 record, and have won six straight overall. Junior Shana White led all Tigers with a .556 batting average during the tournament, going 5-9 with a double and four runs scored. As a team, Mizzou hit .281 with four home runs and 31 runs scored over the weekend.
Missouri will close out their season-opening, 12-game road trip this Wednesday with a doubleheader against SIU-Edwardsville Game one will start at 2 p.m. CT.