March 6, 2010
SEMO Box Score | Missouri State Box Score
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 4/3 Missouri softball team pushed their record to 11-2 on the season with two run-rule victories on Saturday, improving to 3-0 at the Missouri Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament. The Tigers beat SEMO 13-0 in five innings and Missouri State 8-0, also in five innings.
In game one, freshman Lindsey Muller had a breakout performance, pitching a complete game shutout while striking out three and walking zero. She also powered the offense by going 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and four RBI, which included a three-run home run in the fifth inning.
The Tigers plated seven in the top of the first, picking up four walks and three hits, while also taking advantage of some fielding errors by SEMO. Muller drove in her first run of the game, beating out an infield single with the bases loaded to put Mizzou on the board. Back-to-back walks to freshman Jenna Marston and junior Marla Schweisberger drove in two more. Two defensive errors that each scored a run sandwiched senior Gina Schneider's sacrifice fly, giving MU a 7-0 lead after the first.
Missouri plated their last six runs of the game in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and just one out, sophomore Jaydee Young drove in the team's eighth run of the game with a single to left. Another SEMO error plated Mizzou's ninth run, and an RBI groundout by freshman Rachel Hay made the score 10-0, setting up Muller's three-run dinger over the left field wall.
Mizzou once again used first inning runs to set the tone for the Tiger offense in their second game as they took on Missouri State.
In the first, the first two Tiger batters got on base, setting up freshman Nicole Hudson's RBI double to center. Two batters later, Marston roped a single into the left-center gap, plating two more.
Missouri added three more in the third, scoring all with two-outs. Marston started the scoring effort, driving home a run with her second hit of the game. Schneider immediately followed her by ripping a two-run double to left, extending Missouri's lead to 6-0.
Hudson added another RBI in the fourth, giving Mizzou a 7-0 lead, while a walkoff passed ball in the bottom of the fifth scored junior Abby Vock, giving Missouri an 8-0 victory.
Sophomore Kristin Nottelmann stifled the Bear offense, pitching all five innings while allowing just one hit and striking out seven. The single she allowed was the only Missouri State runner she let on base.
Offensively, Hudson finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Marston plated three RBI and scored one after going 2-for-2 at the plate.
The Tigers will be back in action tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. CT against UMKC as they look to close out the Missouri Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament with a perfect 4-0 record. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for more information.