March 28, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 12 Missouri softball team recorded two non-conference victories on Wednesday, sweeping a doubleheader against the Evansville Purple Aces at University Field. The Tigers were able to pull out a 4-2 win in the first game before the offense took control of game two, winning 7-0. Mizzou is now 25-5 on the season.
No. 12 Mizzou 4, Evansville 2
|W - Nottelmann
|L - Kautz (1-5)||4.0||4||3||3||3||0|
|MU - Hudson||2||1||1||1||2||0||1|
|MU - Randazzo||3||1||1||1||1||0||1|
No. 12 Mizzou 7, Evansville 0
|W - Thomas (12-3)||4.1||1||0||0||1||11|
|L - Patterson (5-8)||4.1||6||4||4||2||0|
|S - Erwin (1)||2.2||1||0||0||0||3|
|MU - Fleming||3||2||2||1||1||1||0|
|MU - Hay||3||1||2||3||0||1||0|
The Tigers got a break in the first inning of game one, as Evansville nearly pushed across the first run of the game. The first two Aces reached safely, as Kristin Nottelmann issued a leadoff walk to Katie Sears and Tamara Robey dropped a bunt single. A throwing error on the bunt allowed Sears to move over to third. Robey then stole second base, and after the ball was thrown over the fielder's head, Sears came in to score. However, Robey was called for leaving the base early, forcing Sears to head back to third base. Nottelmann got a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning.
Evansville did come through with the first run of the game in the second, taking a 1-0 lead with a two out unearned run. A fielding error allowed Victoria Dellorto to get to first base, and she came in to score after Nottelmann issued three straight walks.
The Tigers tied the game in the second. Angela Randazzo walked to start the inning and stole second with two outs. Brianna Corwin then delivered her first career hit, scoring Randazzo for her first career RBI.
Missouri took their first lead of the game with a two-run third to go ahead 3-1. Corrin Genovese led off with a double and moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt. After Nicole Hudson walked, Hudson stole second. A throwing error by Evansville's catcher allowed Hudson to move to third and Genovese to score. Hudson scored on an RBI single by Randazzo two batters later.
In the sixth, Evansville trimmed Mizzou's lead to one, as Allison Aguilera singled in Dellorto, who reached on a bunt single. Missouri got that run back, as Jenna Marston scored an unearned run.
Corwin, Hudson and Randazzo each drove in RBI on the day and had a hit apiece. Kristin Nottelmann moved to 9-2 on the season, throwing a complete game. She worked through four hits and six walks, giving up just two runs - one earned, on the day.
Mizzou 7, Evansville 0
Missouri broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning on Kelsea Roth's third home run of the season. Marston led off the inning with a base hit and Ashley Fleming drew a full count walk to put two aboard, setting up the three-run blast by Roth.
In the fifth, Fleming hit her team-leading seventh home run of the season, a solo shot to right field, extending Mizzou's lead to 4-0.
The Tigers hit their third home run in as many innings in the sixth, with Rachel Hay hitting the team's second three-run homer of the contest. Lindsey Muller and Mackenzie Sykes each singled to start the frame, and Hay followed with her first home run of the season.
Chelsea Thomas got the win with 4.1 innings of work, giving up just one hit, walking one and striking out 11 of the 16 batters she faced to improve to 12-3. Bailey Erwin registered her first career save, throwing 2.2 innings with three strikeouts. Fleming, Sykes and Hay all had two hits each, with Hay and Roth leading the team with three RBI.
The Tigers will host the No. 17 Baylor Bears this weekend in a three-game Big 12 Conference series. Action starts on Friday with a 6 p.m. CT first pitch at University Field. Saturday's game, which begins at 3:30 p.m., will be aired on FSN. The series concludes with a Noon start on Sunday.
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