March 13, 2013
No. 8 Mizzou 3, Evansville 1 (DH1)
|L - Patterson (4-4)||6.0||4||3||3||1||4|
|W - Thomas (5-1)||7.0||2||1||1||0||10|
|UE - Fortner (1-of-3)||3||1||1||1||0||1|
|MIZ - Hudson (1-of-3)||2||1||1||3||0||1|
No. 8 Mizzou 4, Evansville 3 (DH2)
|L - Baldwin (1-3)||1.0||3||3||3||1||1|
|W - Hudson (4-0)||7.0||8||3||3||2||6|
|UE - Malone (2-for-3)||3||0||2||1||0||0|
|MIZ - Roth (2-for-3)||3||1||2||2||0||1|
COLUMBIA, Mo. - No. 8 Mizzou turned away Evansville twice to earn seventh-year head coach Ehren Earleywine his 300th victory as the Tigers' leader on Wednesday at University Field. Seniors Chelsea Thomas (Pleastantville, Iowa) and Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) pitched complete games (7.0), with Thomas (5-1) striking out 10 and surrendering just two hits in the 3-1 win in game one of the doubleheader. Hudson (4-0) followed with her third complete game performance of the season, striking out six Purple Ace batters in Mizzou's 4-3 victory in the second game.
Second inning action of game one saw Thomas surpass 1,000 career strikeouts with her third punchout of the contest.
The wins improved Mizzou's overall record to 12-2, while Evansville dropped to 6-11 overall.
The Tigers built a 3-0 lead in the opening contest, thanks in part to a two-run home run from Hudson. The big swing in the bottom of the third inning brought in senior catcher Jenna Marston (St. Louis, Mo.), who had previously doubled to center field. The long ball was Hudson's seventh of 2013, matching her 2012 total.
Mizzou had struck immediately with freshman 2B Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) recording a single to leadoff the game, eventually being knocked in on a sacrifice fly by Hudson.
Thomas had dealt a one-hitter to the Purple Aces into the seventh inning before Evansville's Kayla Fortner correctly found a pitch to send out of the park to set the score at 3-1 with one out. Thomas struck out the next batter for her 10th strikeout and induced a groundout to close the game.
Evansville's Sarah Patterson (4-4) took the loss, allowing four hits, three runs (all earned) and issuing one walk.
Sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.) opened the scoring in the second game, blasting her seventh home run of the season to left center. The solo long shot helped her match her 2012 home run total.
Evansville crept out to 3-1 lead after Roth's four-bagger left the park, including two runs in the top of the sixth inning. With the Tigers needing runs in the bottom of the inning, the pitcher Hudson drew a leadoff walk before conceding to pinch runner Brianna Corwin (Kansas City, Mo.). A single by junior utility player Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) and following single by Roth scored Corwin to set the score at 3-2 to Evansville.
Smart base-running from Sykes evened the score at 3-3, with the Tiger turning a stolen third base into a dash home after the throw from UE's catcher was off the mark. Sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.) gave Mizzou the lead with a pinch hit single to left field that scored redshirt freshman Carlie Rose (Nixa, Mo.), who had pinch run for Roth.
Hudson fielded a groundout and struck out two batters in the top of the seventh to seal the victory. Evansville's Sarah Baldwin (1-3) took the loss after allowing three earned runs to emerge from three hits she allowed in the sixth inning.
Mizzou next hits the road for its first Southeastern Conference road trip, visiting Ole Miss for a three-game series from Friday, March 15 - Sunday, March 17 at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. Mizzou and the Rebels begin with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday before a 2 p.m. start on Saturday. The series will close with a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.
Fans are encouraged to check MUTigers.com and the softball team's social media outlets, @MizzouSoftball and Facebook, for updates and information throughout the season.
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