Tigers Finish Mizzou Classic With Untarnished 5-0 Record



March 16, 2008

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Columbia, Mo. - Improving to 27-6 on the season the Missouri softball team collected its 19th straight win after holding off Wisconsin, 3-1, in the final game of the Mizzou Classic played on University Field. Earlier in the afternoon, the Tigers run-ruled North Dakota State, 9-0, in five innings.

Missouri's longest win streak in program history came during the 1995 campaign, when the Tigers strung together 20 straight wins and finished the season with a 47-19 record that included a trip to the NCAA regional tournament.

Junior Stacy Delaney (Freeland, Mich.) recorded her fifth solo shutout in Missouri's fourth game of the Mizzou Classic. Hurling a four-hitter, Delaney struck out five of the 19 batters she faced and held the Bison to singles. Delaney is now 11-2 on the year and has collected nine wins in her last 10 starts in the circle.

Missouri first baseman Amanda Renth (Mascoutah, Ill.) hit a home run off of North Dakota State starting pitcher Bekki Rasmussen in the first inning as well as their second relief pitcher of the game, Andi Padilla, in the fourth. Renth's three-run homer in the first drove in runners from second and third while her fourth inning, two out solo shot was her eighth of the season and 31st of her career. Renth stands at third in the Missouri home run record book.

The Tigers scored four runs on five hits in the bottom of the third inning and two runs on two hits in the fourth. Following Renth at the plate in the fourth, freshman Katy Koontz (Chesterfield, Mo.) pinch hit for freshman five-hole hitter Kathryn Poet (Tujunga, Calif.) and reached base on balls. Pinch hitter Shana White (Columbia, Mo.) entered the game and ripped a double to left field, her first extra base hit of the season, driving in Koontz from first.

Sophomore relief pitcher Jana Hainey (Raymore, Mo.) mowed down seven of the 10 batters she faced after entering Missouri's game against Wisconsin in the fifth inning. Hainey held the Badgers to one hit and was credited with the win, her 10th of the season. With the win, Missouri now has two members of its pitching rotation with double-digit victories, a feat last recorded in 2005.

Wisconsin came from behind to tie the game at one in the top of the fifth inning. The Tigers were quick to rebound scoring a single run in the bottom half of the inning and another run in the bottom of the sixth. The Tigers pushed their second run of the game across on a wild pitch by Leah Vanevenhoven.

Pinch hitter Gina Schneider (Liberty, Mo.) scored Missouri's third run of the game, reaching first on a fielder's choice and scoring on freshman Abby Vock's (Morrison, Ill.) triple to right center.

Missouri will continue its 10-game home stand with a Wednesday, March 19 doubleheader against Bradley. First pitch of game one is set for 3 p.m. (CT) on University Field, while game two is slated for a 5 p.m. (CT) start. Gametracker will be provided for both games.



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