March 10, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 12 Missouri softball team continued their domination at the DeMarini Invitational on Saturday afternoon, once again sweeping the Alcorn State Lady Braves and the Boise State Broncos. Mizzou knocked off Alcorn State 9-1 in five innings before taking down the Broncos by an 8-0 score.
No. 12 Mizzou 9, Alcorn State 1 (5)
|W - Erwin (3-0)||5.0||3||1||1||0||7|
|L - Moore||4.0||9||8||7||4||1|
|MU - Hudson||3||1||3||2||0||0||0|
|MU - Fleming||3||2||2||1||1||0||1|
No. 12 Mizzou 8, Boise State 0
|W - Thomas (7-1)||5.0||4||0||0||0||8|
|L - Zell (8-6)||4.0||6||4||3||3||3|
|MU - Marston||4||1||3||3||0||0||0|
|MU - Sykes||1||1||1||2||1||0||0|
Mizzou 9, Alcorn State 1 (5)
The Missouri bats were alive right from the get-go, as the Tigers scored five runs on five hits in the first inning to take the early lead over Alcorn State on Saturday afternoon. With one out, Corrin Genovese and Ashley Fleming drew consecutive walks ahead of an RBI single by Kelsea Roth. Nicole Hudson drove in a run on a base hit into right, and an infield single by Angela Randazzo drove in Roth, with an error on the play allowing Hudson to score. Ashtin Stephens then plated Randazzo with a base hit to left.
The teams exchanged two scoreless innings before Alcorn State got on the board with a run in the fourth. Alexandria Harris singled down the line in right with one out, and came in to score when Rayanna Davis roped a base hit to the wall in right field.
The Tigers bounced back with three runs of their own in the bottom half, ignited by a base hit and stolen base by Jenna Marston to lead off the inning. She came in to score on a single by Fleming to make it 6-1. After Roth walked, Hudson doubled to right field to score Fleming. Roth would come in to score on a wild pitch.
The game ended in the bottom of the fifth on an unearned run with two outs. Genovese reached on a fielding error and Fleming roped a single into center that got past the fielder and rolled all the way to the wall, allowing Genovese to score to clinch the run-rule victory.
Erwin improved to 3-0 on the year with five innings of three-hit ball, allowing just one run while striking out seven hitters without issuing a walk. Hudson was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day with two driven in, while Ashley Fleming added two hits and two runs.
Mizzou 8, Boise State 0 (5)
After neither team did any damage in the first, the Tigers tacked on a run in the second to take the lead. Randazzo led off the inning with a double off the wall in center. She would come in to score after a bunt moved her to third and a sacrifice fly by Mackenzie Sykes plated her. Ashtin Stephens started the third by slapping a double down the line in left. A fielding error later in the frame allowed her to score, making it 2-0 Mizzou.
Missouri extended their lead with two more runs in the fourth. With a runner aboard, Marston belted her second triple of the year to drive in a run. Marston scored on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt by Stephens on the next play.
A four-spot in the fifth helped Mizzou walk off on Boise State for the second straight afternoon. Roth walked to lead off the inning and Hudson was hit by a pitch to put two aboard. A base hit by Muller loaded the bases, and Sykes drove in a run with a single to left. After Krebs walked on four pitches to bring in another run, Marston ripped a base hit to bring home a pair and wrap up the game.
Thomas won her sixth straight start to improve to 7-1 on the year. She allowed just four hits and struck out eight without issuing a walk. She hasn't allowed a run in 23.2 consecutive innings.
Marston led the team with three hits while driving in a season-best three RBI. Sykes drove in two runs on the day, a new career best, while Stephens and Krebs each added a hit and a run batted in.
Missouri will wrap up the DeMarini Invitational tomorrow with games against Northern Illinois at Noon CT and Alcorn State at 2 p.m. With inclement weather in the area, fans are encouraged to stay tuned to mutigers.com and the Mizzou Softball Twitter page (@MizzouSoftball) for updates.
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