March 3, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo.- The No. 13 Missouri softball team opened play at the Missouri Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament with two run-rule victories on Saturday afternoon, defeating Saint Louis by a 10-0 score and SEMO by a 9-0 final. The Tigers are now 8-3 on the year.
No. 13 Mizzou 10, Saint Louis 0 (5)
|W - Thomas (4-1)||5.0||0||0||0||0||8|
|L - Matesa (3-4)||2.2||7||10||8||7||5|
|MU - Hudson||3||1||2||4||0||0||0|
|MU - Fleming||2||2||2||2||1||0||0|
No. 13 Mizzou 9, SEMO 0 (5)
|W - Nottelmann (3-2)||5.0||1||0||0||0||6|
|L - Cowan (0-2)||3.1||9||9||8||3||1|
|MU - Muller||3||1||2||2||0||0||0|
|MU - Genovese||3||2||2||0||0||0||0|
Redshirt junior Chelsea Thomas threw her third career solo perfect game and fourth perfect game overall. She tossed all five innings against Saint Louis. She struck out eight of the 15 batters she faced and threw just 64 pitches, 44 for strikes. It was Thomas' second no hitter in a week and the ninth no hitter of her career.
In the nightcap against SEMO, senior Kristin Nottelmann improved to 3-2 with a shutout victory, her first shutout of the year. She gave up just one hit and struck out six without issuing a walk.
Mizzou 10, SLU 0 (5)
Junior Nicole Hudson drove in two runs on a base hit in the first inning to give the Tigers the early 2-0 advantage. The Tigers tacked on four runs in the second and four in the third to push their lead to 10-0.
In the second, Kelsi Jones led off the inning with a walk and Ashtin Stephens laid down a bunt single. Jenna Marston drew a base on balls to load the bases, and three straight walks to Corrin Genovese, Ashley Fleming and Kelsea Roth brought in three runs. Genovese came in to score later in the inning on an error.
With one out in the third, Marston took her second walk and moved to second on a throwing error. With two outs, Fleming singled up the middle to score Marston. Roth drove a base hit into right to put runners on the corners, and Hudson drove in her third and fourth RBI of the game with a double to center. Randazzo followed with a base hit to bring home Hudson.
Fleming, Roth and Hudson each collected two hits apiece to lead the Tigers. Hudson drove in a team-high four runs, while Fleming and Randazzo drove in two. Despite not recording a hit, Marston scored three runs. The win improved Thomas to 4-1 on the season.
Mizzou 9, SEMO 0 (5)
Nottelmann gave up a leadoff single to start the game but wouldn't give up another hit the rest of the afternoon. The Tiger offense backed her with a five-spot in the bottom of the first inning to build a big lead. Marston and Fleming took walks and Genovese singled to load the bases with nobody out, and Roth drove in a pair with a base hit to left field. After Hudson walked to load the bases again, Randazzo delivered a sacrifice fly for the third run of the inning. Later in the frame, Lindsey Muller drove in two runs with an opposite field single to put the Tigers ahead 5-0.
An unearned run in the second pushed the lead to 6-0, and RBI ground outs with the bases loaded by Stephens and Marston brought in two more in the third. Hudson drove in her fifth RBI on the day with a base hit to center, bringing in Brianna Corwin, who pinch ran for Fleming after she singled and stole second.
Genovese and Muller led the team with two hits each, while Roth and Muller drove in two RBI apiece. The Tigers picked up nine hits on the day.
Mizzou finishes up play in Kansas City tomorrow afternoon with another double header beginning at 3 p.m. CT. The Tigers will play Missouri State then before closing out the tournament with UMKC at 5 p.m. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for more information.
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