Junior Rhea Taylor finished the day 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored, along with her 111th career stolen base - a new school record
March 31, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 4 Missouri Tigers (25-4) belted out 17 runs on 20 hits in two run-rule victories over Saint Louis (16-12) on Wednesday at University Field. The Tiger pitchers limited the Billikens to just two hits in each game, beating SLU by scores of 8-0 and 9-0 in the two five-inning affairs, respectively.
Sophomore Kristin Nottelmann secured the win in game one, pitching all five innings while giving up just the two hits, no walks and striking out six. The win pushes Nottelmann's record to 7-3 on the season, while her ERA stands at 1.83.
Missouri pushed one run across in the first, getting a leadoff double by junior Rhea Taylor and a one-out, RBI double by freshman Jenna Marston.
In the second, Taylor plated two on a single to left, scoring freshman Nicole Hudson and junior Catherine Lee.
After being held scoreless in the third, the Tigers scored twice again in the fourth. Lee walked with one out, and junior Megan Christopher followed with a single to left center. Two batters later, Taylor walked to load the bases, and junior Shana White followed with a single to left, scoring a run. An infield single to short by Marston scored Christopher, improving Mizzou's lead to 5-0.
In the fifth, Missouri pushed across three runs to get the win by run-rule. Sophomore Ashley Fleming doubled to start the frame, and scored two batters later on a double by Lee. Sophomore Jaydee Young singled in Lee with a single to the right-center field gap, and sophomore Lindsey Muller doubled to deep right field, scoring Young for the winning run.
Muller got the start in game two, pitching three innings of perfect ball and striking out two for her fourth win of the season.
In the first inning, following a leadoff walk, Taylor stole second base for her 111th career steal, breaking the school record in just two-and-a-half seasons. Former Tiger Julie Link held the old record since 1989.
After advancing to third on Hudson's single, Taylor would score the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Marston. A fielder's choice would score Hudson, putting Mizzou up 2-0 after the first.
Missouri's offense exploded for six runs on five hits in the bottom half of the second. After senior Gina Schneider led off with a walk, Taylor reached on a bunt single. Hudson kept the line moving by singling through the right side, loading the bases, and Marston roped a single to center, giving Mizzou a 3-0 lead. Fleming was then hit by a pitch to make it 4-0, and following a pitching change, Muller drove the first pitch she say deep over the left field fence for a grand slam, giving the freshman two home runs on the season.
A bases loaded error by SLU in the third gave Mizzou their ninth and final run. Junior Lisa Simmons pitched the last two innings of the game for her first career pitching appearance. Simmons allowed no runs on two hits and struck out one.
Missouri continues conference play this weekend as they'll welcome in No. 15 Oklahoma State for MU's Big 12 home opener. Game one starts on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT, and game two will begin at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday. An Easter egg hunt for children 10 and under will follow the conclusion of Saturday's game.
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