March 13, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Another pair of solid pitching performances plus a day of high powered offense lifted the No. 14 Missouri softball team to a pair of run-rule victories on the last day of the DeMarini Invitational. The Tigers opened the afternoon with a 10-0 win in five innings over Illinois State and followed that up with an 8-0 win in six innings over Illinois.
|W - Nottelmann (8-0)||5.0||4||0||0||1||8|
|L - Baxter (3-3)||4.2||6||6||4||2||1|
|MU - Schweisberger||4||2||3||3||0||0|
|MU - Hudson||3||1||2||4||1||1|
|W - Thomas (6-2)||6.0||2||0||0||0||8|
|L - Gay (5-5)||3.2||8||5||5||5||1|
|MU - Fleming||2||1||2||2||2||0|
|MU - Lee||3||0||2||2||1||0|
Missouri's 18 runs on the day came on 23 combined hits, while the Tiger pitchers held their opponents to just three hits overall. Mizzou is now 16-3 on the year and has won 13 straight games.
Missouri 10, Illinois State 0 (5 inn.)
The Tigers run-ruled the Redbirds for the second straight day, beating Illinois State by a 10-0 score in five innings. Junior Kristin Nottelmann improved to 8-0 on the year with a complete game one hitter, as she struck out nine and walked only one.
Missouri got big games by Nicole Hudson and Marla Schweisberger, as they drove in seven of the team's 10 runs. Hudson went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI, while Schweisberger finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two doubles and three RBI. Lisa Simmons went 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs and a solo home run, her first long ball of the year.
The teams were scoreless until the top of the third, when Missouri broke it wide open with a four run frame, with all four runs coming with two outs. Simmons singled to lead off the inning, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and moved to third on a groundout. Schweisberger doubled home Simmons on a 3-2 pitch, and scored on Jenna Marston's single through the left side. Marston moved to third as Ashley Fleming doubled, and after Catherine Lee walked to load the bases, Hudson plated two of her RBI with a single through the left side.
Simmons made it 5-0 in the fourth after leading off the inning with a solo home run, her first of the year and third of her career.
The Tigers put up five runs in the top of the fifth to put the game out of reach, extending their lead to 10-0. Hudson got the frame going with her fourth home run of the season, sending a solo shot over the right field wall. Her four home runs are tops on the squad this season. Three batters later, Princess Krebs singled to put a pair of runners on, and Schweisberger drove them in with her second double of the day. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases, and a single by Kathryn Poet plated another. Hudson came back up and drew a bases loaded walk for the fifth run of the inning. Nottelmann struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth to finish off the game.
Missouri 8, Illinois 0 (6 inn.)
The Mizzou offense picked up right where they left off, tallying three runs in the bottom of the first against the Fighting Illini. Rhea Taylor started off the first with a single and a stolen base, and advanced to third when Schweisberger flew out to right. Marston brought her home with a double to left field, making it 1-0 Tigers. After Fleming and Hudson walked, Lee singled up the middle to bring home a pair.
The Tigers added two runs with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. The rally was started when Schweisberger singled ahead of Marston's walk, setting up an RBI single for Fleming. Hudson followed with a single of her own to score Marston, extending Mizzou's lead to 5-0.
Schweisberger singled home Kathryn Poet in the bottom of the fifth, and after Marston singled to load the bases, Fleming drew a walk to push the lead to 7-0.
Lee led off the bottom of the sixth with a double and came around to score on freshman Taylor Duplechain's first career hit, as she slapped a liner into left field to score Lee and end the game.
Chelsea Thomas won her sixth straight start, allowing only two hits, walking none and striking out eight. She hasn't allowed a run in her last 37.2 innings pitched. Schweisberger, Marston, Fleming and Lee all had two hits each, which Fleming and Lee also plated a pair. Four other Tigers drove home a run.
Missouri's home stand continues this Wednesday when they take on Southern Illinois at 3 p.m. CT at University Field.
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