April 3, 2013
No. 7 Mizzou 12, Missouri 0 (5) [DH1]
|W - Thomas (13-1)||4.0||1||0||0||1||6|
|L - Jones, C. (8-10)||5.0||10||7||7||2||0|
|MIZZOU - Crane (3-for-3)||3||1||3||2||0||1|
|MSU - Coil (1-for-1)||1||0||1||0||0||0|
No. 7 Mizzou 7, Missouri State [DH2]
|W - Hudson (6-0)||4.0||1||0||0||0||0|
|L - Van Es (4-8)||2.1||4||2||2||2||0|
|MIZ - Sykes (2-for-3)||3||1||2||3||1||1|
|MSU - Pierce (2-for-3)||3||0||2||0||0||0|
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - No. 7 Mizzou softball powered past and shut out Missouri State, winning with a five-inning, 12-0 result before a second 7-0 win in its doubleheader at Killian Stadium on Wednesday. Sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.) continued her hot-hitting ways, batting 4-for-6 with two home runs, one double and five RBI. Junior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) joined in on the power hitting, going 3-for-6 with two home runs and five RBI. The Tigers smacked seven home runs over the two games.
Two-time All-American pitcher Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) started both games for Mizzou and threw 4.0 innings in the opening game before tossing 3.0 innings in the second. She earned the win in the opening contest to improve to 13-1 in 2013 and record her 100th career victory at Mizzou. Fellow senior Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) threw the final 4.0 innings in the second game to take the win (6-0).
Mizzou's wins improved its record to 22-2 overall. The Bears dropped to 14-18 with the two losses.
Crane started the scoring for the Tigers' with game one's first at-bat, slamming a home run to deep center field for her second long ball of the season. The Tigers' 1-0 lead after the opening frame was added to by Crane in the second with a sacrifice fly to left field that brought home redshirt freshman RF Carlie Rose (Nixa, Mo.).
Mizzou's offensive firepower come out in the top of the fifth inning with a remarkable 10-run outburst. Randazzo started the runs with her three-run shot followed by Sykes' two-run blast for a 7-0 lead.
Sophomore SS Corrin Genovese (East Amherst, N.Y.) doubled to left center to put the Tigers back on the bases. Rose's third hit in a perfect 3-for-3 performance brought in Genovese for an 8-0 advantage. Rose advanced to second base on the throw home, but did not stand there for long. Senior Rachel Hay (Kansas City, Mo.) hit her third home run of the season to give the Tigers a 10-0 lead.
Three doubles helped Mizzou knock in its final three runs. Crane doubled to restart the process for the Tigers and was pinch-run for with redshirt freshman Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.). Senior catcher Jenna Marston (St. Louis, Mo.) nearly put the ball out of the stadium, but her fifth double of the season brought around Gadbois. Randazzo finished the scoring with a double over MSU's right fielder to plate Marston to set the final score of 12-0.
Hudson got the Tigers started in game two with her 10th home run of the season, a two-run bomb that scored Crane.
Mizzou was held away from the plate until the fifth inning when junior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) homered to center field, a three-run missile. The home run was Sykes' fifth home run of the season.
The Tigers added one more run in both the sixth and seventh inning. Marston hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the sixth to bring home sophomore CF Kayla Kingsley (Oklahoma City, Okla.). Randazzo hit her game two long ball, a solo shot, for Mizzou's scoring in the seventh inning.
Randazzo's four hits in the doubleheader were matched by Crane, who batted 4-for-5 with her long ball and one double for two RBI. Sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.) hit 3-for-6 against the Bears, while freshman OF Sarah Moore (Chino Hills, Calif.) batted 2-for-3 with one double.
Mizzou's first victory of the day marked the seventh-straight win by run-rule for the Tigers. Head coach Ehren Earleywine's squad has won its last 12 games.
Mizzou continues on the road at SEC foe Alabama from Friday, April 5-Sunday, April 6. The Friday and Saturday games (8 p.m. & 2 p.m. CT) in Tuscaloosa, Ala., will be televised nationally on ESPNU. The Tigers and Crimson Tide finish the series with a Noon start on Sunday.
Fans are encouraged to check MUTigers.com and the softball team's social media outlets, @MizzouSoftball and Facebook, for updates and information throughout the season.
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