April 1, 2009
Lawrence, Kan. - The 11th-ranked Missouri softball team (31-5) split its midweek doubleheader with M&I Bank Border Showdown opponent Kansas (11-20), winning game one, 8-0, in six innings, before dropping game two, 4-1, at Arrocha Ballpark in Lawrence, Kan.. While the Tigers managed to blank Kansas in game one, allowing for an abbreviated six inning contest, Kansas came from behind in the bottom of the seventh to take the game two victory.
Missouri put away game one by scoring five runs, two earned, in the sixth inning of play. Senior third baseman Lindsey Ubrun (Riverside, Calif.) blasted a two out, two run home run in the sixth, driving in first baseman Marla Schweisberger (Raytown, Mo.) from second base. Schweisberger led off the inning with a double to right center. The Tigers capitalized on two Kansas errors in the sixth inning, allowing catcher Megan Christopher (Wright City, Mo.) redshirt junior Gina Schneider (Liberty, Mo.) and leadoff batter Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga.) to score unearned runs.
Ubrun was one of two Tigers to hit a home run in Missouri's first game against the Jayhawks. Christopher hit her second yard ball in three games, a leadoff solo shot in the top of the fifth to extend Missouri's lead to 3-0.
Right-handed pitcher Stacy Delaney (Freeland, Mich.) improved to 7-2 on the year after throwing a complete game shutout, her fourth of the season. Delaney, this week's Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, struck out eight batters, the second most strikeouts for Delaney this season, and forced six flyouts en route to the 8-0 win.
The Tigers and Jayhawks were scoreless through five innings of play in game two of the doubleheader before Missouri took the 1-0 advantage on Schweisberger's RBI single down the left field line in the top of the sixth. Schweisberger drove in Taylor from third after the 2008 All-American singled to short, stole second and advanced to third on senior Andee Allen's (Barnhart, Mo.) groundout to second base.
Kansas outfielder Liz Kocon tied the game at one with her leadoff home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tiger freshman Kristin Nottelmann (Fenton, Mo.) was saddled with the loss after allowing three of Kansas' four hits. Junior Jana Hainey (Peculiar, Mo.) entered the game in relief with one out and runners on first and second, but gave up a three run home run to Amanda Jobe.
Missouri continues to lead Kansas in the annual M&I Bank Border Showdown with the standings at 18.5 to 10 after today's games.
Missouri will return home and host Texas A&M in a two-game series beginning Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. (CT) on University Field. Game two will begin at Noon, Sunday, April 5.
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