March 29, 2009
Waco, Texas - Missouri softball pitchers Kristin Nottelmann (Fenton, Mo.) and Stacy Delaney (Freeland, Mich.) combined to complete a two game sweep of Baylor at Getterman Stadium in Waco, Texas. Winning game two of the series, 7-1, Missouri now stands at 3-1 in the Big 12 Conference and 30-4 on the year. The 2009 outing marks the fourth campaign in five years that the Tigers have recorded 30 or more wins in a single season, while the two wins against Baylor stands as Missouri's first Big 12 sweep of the campaign.
The Tigers proved aggressive on the bases, stealing three bags in the first inning alone. Missouri put up two runs in the top of the first frame on first baseman Marla Schweisberger's (Raytown, Mo.) single to right field. Schweisberger was credited with driving in yesterday's game winning run against Baylor, powering a single up the middle to give Missouri a 2-1 advantage. In the two weekend games, Schweisberger averaged .571 and was credited with four RBI.
In today's afternoon contest, sophomore All-American Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga.) led off with a single through the right side and successfully stole second, advancing to third on a fielding error by Baylor second baseman Meagan Weldon. Two-hole hitter Andee Allen (Barnhart, Mo.) went down swinging while Julie Silver (Chesterfield, Mo.), Missouri's leftfielder, reached base after being hit by pitch. Silver stole second and cleanup hitter Micaela Minner (Sanger, Texas) reached base on balls. With the bases loaded, Schweisberger took her first at bat of the game, driving in Taylor and Silver while allowing Minner to reach third. The inning came to a close on back-to-back strikeouts, although Schweisberger was credited with stealing second, her second stolen base of the campaign.
Missouri scored one run in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a six run lead over Baylor. The Lady Bears attempted a rally in the bottom of the sixth, scoring one run on two hits and one Tiger error. Missouri answered Baylor's run by putting up one in the seventh. Redshirt junior Gina Schneider
(Liberty, Mo.) scored on Nottelmann's RBI double to the left field wall.
Nottelmann made her fourth start of the campaign and first against a Big 12 opponent in the battle with Baylor. Throwing five innings, the freshman held the Lady Bears to four hits earning the win, her eighth of the season. Delaney entered the game in the sixth inheriting runners on first and second base, but pitched her way out of the inning without allowing an additional run. The Tiger senior finished off the game by striking two of the six batters she faced.
Defensively, the Tigers turned two double plays against Baylor, something Missouri has done on only one other occasion this season, the last time coming against Northern Iowa, March 11 in Columbia. Missouri went all of last season without turning two double plays in a single game.
The Tigers will face their next Big 12 foe, Wednesday, April 1, in a doubleheader against M&I Border Showdown opponent Kansas beginning at 4 p.m. (CT) in Lawrence. Each game in the doubleheader is worth 1.5 points in the annual Border Showdown contest. Currently, Missouri leads Kansas, 17 to 8.5.