March 21, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Texas Longhorns (23-10, 1-0 Big 12) used a five-run 10th inning to break a 1-1 and upset the No. 13 Missouri Tigers (25-4, 0-1 Big 12) by a final of 6-2. Sophomore Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga.) led all Tigers with three hits on the afternoon.
Missouri out hit the Longhorns by an 11-9 total, but could only push two runs across the plate on the day in the Big 12 Conference opener
The Tigers broke open first with a run in the third inning. Taylor got things going with a one out single, followed by a stolen base. She would then score on junior Gina Schneider’s single to make it 1-0.
After freshman Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) started the game with four straight no-hit innings, Texas’ Brittany Barnhill recorded the first hit and run on the day for the Longhorns, blasting a home run to deep right field. Thomas finished the day with a line of 6.2 IP, four hits, one run, four strikeouts and three walks.
The teams traded scoreless innings all the way until the 10th. With each team beginning the frame with a runner automatically at second base, the Longhorns were able to spread themselves from Missouri by posting a five spot in the top-half of the inning. Leadoff hitter Desiree Williams got things going with an RBI single, which was met with another single by Alexis Bennett. After a sac bunt by Amy Hooks, Loryn Johnson brought both runners home with a single to make it 4-1. Following a strikeout, Courtney Craig connected with a home run, a two-run shot, to put Texas up 6-1.
Missouri was able to push a run across in the bottom half with two outs, but couldn’t put together any more than that. Senior Stacy Delaney (Freeland, Mich.) took the loss, finishing the day with 3.1 IP, five hits, five runs (four earned), four strikeouts and two walks.
Texas’ Barnhill went the distance, pitching all 10 innings while giving up 11 hits and one earned run while striking out nine and walking four.
Missouri’s Lindsey Ubrun (Riverside, Calif.) and Shana White (Columbia, Mo.) each collected two hits on the day.
The Tigers and Longhorns will conclude their series tomorrow afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for Noon CT.