March 11, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Tigers closed out the DeMarini Invitational on Sunday afternoon with two more run-rule victories to improve to 16-3 on the season. The Tigers opened the day inside Devine Pavilion and knocked off Alcorn State, 9-0, in five innings of work, before facing Northern Illinois outside at University Field, where Missouri won 8-0 in five.
No. 12 Mizzou 9, Alcorn State 0 (5)
|W - Erwin (4-0)||5.0||4||0||0||0||3|
|L - Rancilio||3.1||12||9||9||2||0|
|MU - Jones||3||3||3||5||0||2||0|
|MU - Genovese||2||2||2||3||1||1||0|
No. 12 Mizzou 8, Northern Illinois 0 (5)
|W - Nottelmann (5-2)||5.0||3||0||0||2||6|
|L - Dortch (6-5)||3.2||6||2||2||4||4|
|MU - Krebs||3||2||3||2||0||1||0|
|MU - Sykes||2||2||2||1||0||0||0|
Missouri put a run on the board in the first inning on Corrin Genovese’s second home run of the season. The freshman from Buffalo, N.Y., took a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left to give the Tigers the early 1-0 advantage.
Genovese delivered more damage in the second with a two-run triple to center field. The three-bagger drove in Kelsi Jones, who singled with one out, and Rachel Hay, who followed with a double to right. Genovese came in to score on a base hit by Kayla Kingsley.
Alcorn State got a pair of singles in the top of the third for their first two base runners of the game, but Bailey Erwin was able to induce an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play to get out of the jam. In the bottom of the frame, Jones hit her first career homer to put the Tigers ahead 5-0.
Jones delivered her second home run of the game in the next inning, blasting an opposite field grand slam to put the Tigers up 9-0. Mackenzie Sykes, Kelsea Roth and Angela Randazzo all singled with nobody out to load the bases, setting up Jones’ homer two batters later.
In the top of the fifth, Alcorn State threatened to get on the board with two outs, getting a pinch hit single and a wild pitch to put a pair aboard. A passed ball put the runners into scoring position, but Erwin got the hitter to strike out looking on a full count to end the game.
Jones become the second Tiger to hit two home runs in a single game this year and had more RBI than any Tiger in a single game this season with five. Genovese went 2-for-2 with two runs and a career-high three RBI. Erwin improved to 4-0 on the year with a complete game shutout, striking out three batters and allowing four hits in five innings of work.
Mizzou 8, Northern Illinois 0 (5)
Missouri loaded the bases in each of the first two innings with just one out, but ultimately came up empty both times. In the first, Genovese led off with a base hit but was called out for leaving the base early on an attempted steal. Marston followed with a single and Fleming and Roth both walked, but a strikeout and a ground out got the Huskies out of the frame.
In the second, Princess Krebs and Jones singled ahead of a Genovese walk, but Northern Illinois again worked out of it, working a strike out and a put out at third. The Huskies had a chance in the top of the fourth, as Jennifer Barnett singled to left field with runners on first and second. However, Hudson was able to throw the runner out at the plate trying to score, keeping the knotted at 0-0.
The Tigers finally broke the scoreless tie in the bottom half of the inning. Princess Krebs singled to center field with one out and advanced to second on an error after the fielder misplayed the ball. Mackenzie Sykes then hit a deep fly ball over the head of the right fielder for her first career triple. Sykes would score on a wild pitch, making it a 2-0 lead for Mizzou.
Mizzou broke things wide open in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring six runs on five hits to secure their sixth straight win by run-rule. Roth drew a leadoff walk in the inning and Hudson followed with a double to the wall to drive in a run. A base hit by Randazzo put runners on the corners, and both Randazzo and Hudson would score after the catcher tried to pick off Hudson at third, but instead threw the ball into left field.
With a 5-0 cushion and nobody out in the frame, Krebs blasted her first home run of the year, a two run shot that scored Muller who had just drawn a walk. Mackenzie Sykes then dropped a bloop single into right, moved up a bag on a ground out and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Fleming hit a shot back up the middle that allowed Sykes to score the winning run.
Krebs finished the game 3-for-3 with a homer, two runs and two RBI. Fleming, Hudson and Sykes all drove in a run as well. Kristin Nottelmann got the victory to move 5-2, recording six strikeouts and allowing just three hits.
Mizzou gets set for their first midweek game this Wednesday against future SEC foe Arkansas, beginning at 1 p.m. CT in Fayetteville. The Tigers return home next weekend to kick off Big 12 play, as they host a three game set with Kansas beginning Friday at 6 p.m.
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