March 21, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The No. 10 Missouri softball team saw their winning streak extend to 17 games with a doubleheader sweep of the Iowa Hawkeyes on Wednesday afternoon. Now 22-3 on the season, the Tigers have not allowed a run in their last 54.1 innings pitched.
No. 10 Mizzou 8, Iowa 0 (5)
|W - Thomas (11-1)||5.0||1||0||0||0||7|
|L - Massey (5-7)||4.1||7||8||8||4||4|
|MU - Fleming||2||2||2||3||1||1||0|
|MU - Genovese||2||1||2||0||1||0||0|
No. 10 Mizzou 2, Iowa 0
|W - Nottelmann (7-2)||7.0||5||0||0||2||8|
|L - Lyon (5-8)||6.0||7||2||0||1||2|
|MU - Hudson||3||1||2||0||0||0||0|
|MU - Kingsley||2||0||1||1||0||0||0|
Missouri 8, Iowa 0 (5)
Ashley Fleming’s sixth home run of the season got the Tigers on the board in game one, as she delivered a two-run shot to right-center field in the bottom of the third inning. The homer scored Corrin Genovese, who singled with one out ahead of Fleming.
Mizzou would maintain a 2-0 lead until the fifth inning, where they pushed across six runs on five hits to force the run-rule. The first three Tigers reached on base hits, as Ashtin Stephens, Jenna Marston and Genovese all singled to load the bases. Fleming drew an RBI walk, and Kelsea Roth was hit by a pitch to bring in another run. Two batters later, Nicole Hudson singled to right field to make it 5-0. Kayla Kingsley got an RBI on a hit by pitch, and Rachel Hay smoked a line drive to center to plate another. The game ended when Marston drew Mizzou’s second bases loaded walk of the inning.
Thomas was brilliant again, throwing a one hit shutout with seven strikeouts and no walks. It’s the sixth time this season that Thomas has allowed one hit or less in a start. Fleming was 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBI, while Genovese all added two hits. Five other Tigers contributed an RBI.
Missouri 2, Iowa 0
In the second game, Missouri scored their first run of the game with a two-base sacrifice fly by Kingsley in the bottom of the third inning. After reaching on a fielder’s choice, Genovese stole second base to get in scoring position. Kingsley then hit a fly ball to right-center field that was caught by the center fielder. The center fielder collided with the right fielder on the play, allowing Genovese to score all the way from second.
Mizzou loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth but could only push one run across. Hudson, Angela Randazzo and Princess Krebs all singled to start the inning to put three runners aboard. A fielding error on a grounder back to the pitcher allowed Hudson to come in and score the unearned run.
Those two runs would be all that Nottelmann would need, as she scattered five hits and struck out eight in seven innings of work. Hudson led the team with two hits, while Kingsley drove in the lone RBI.
Missouri heads to College Station, Texas this weekend for their first road conference series of the year. The Tigers will take on the No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies in a three game series, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday evening. For more information, stay tuned to mutigers.com.
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