March 23, 2002
Austin, Texas - The Missouri Softball team suffered a 9-2 loss to the University of Texas Saturday afternoon behind three Tiger errors and six runners left on base in the first four innings.
The first three Texas runs, although unearned, did early damage. Shortstop Erin Mahoney scored for the Longhorns in the first inning off Deeanna Williams' single to left field to give Texas the 1-0 lead. Both teams were scoreless until the fourth inning before Williams scored on a Melissa Martin single to right field. First baseman Alexis Garcia then tripled to score Martin to give UT a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
Although Missouri did not score early, the Tigers did have their chances. In the first four innings, Mizzou had six runners left on base, including three left on base in the top of the third.
"We gave ourselves a lot of opportunities to score, we just didn't drive in runs in those first four innings, especially," head coach Jay Miller said. "We just have to play better defense behind our pitchers."
Mahoney scored again for UT in the fifth on a single from Sarah Wieszczak and Wieszczak scored on Wynter Turners' ground out to Missouri second baseman Lindsey Jacoby. At the end of five innings, Texas led 5-0.
The Tigers scored both of their runs in the top of the sixth on Jacoby's single to right centerfield that scored Rachael McGinnis and Heather Kunkel. Kunkel and right fielder Heather Allister were both 2-for-3 against Texas.
The remaining Texas runs were scored in the bottom of the sixth with Marlo Hanks, Mahoney, Wieszczak and Williams picking up the RBIs to put Texas up 9-2. Wieszczak was 3-for-4 Saturday against the Tigers.
Erin Kalka pitched four innings and picked up the loss (7-6) for Mizzou with one strikeout and one walk. Freshman Cat Osterman got the win (18-6) with six strikeouts and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Amy Bradford got the save, her third of the season.
The Tigers face Texas again tomorrow at 1 p.m. at McCombs Field in Austin.