April 6, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – Tied 4-4 going into the top of the seventh, the No. 11 Missouri softball team scored seven runs to turn a nail-biter into a blowout, knocking off the No. 3 Texas Longhorns by an 11-4 final on Friday night. The win evens the series at one game apiece and moves the Tigers to 29-6 (8-3 Big 12) on the season. Missouri also snapped Texas’ 20-game winning streak, the fifth-longest in the country.
No. 11 Mizzou 11, No. 3 Texas 4
|W - Thomas (15-4)||7.0||12||4||3||3||12|
|L - Bruins (6-2)||2.0||4||3||3||2||1|
|MU - Genovese||4||1||2||4||0||1||0|
|MU - Fleming||4||0||2||4||1||0||0|
Missouri was able to tag Rachel Fox for a run in the first inning to take the early 1-0 lead. Ashtin Stephens singled to shortstop and Ashley Fleming doubled her in for her fourth RBI of the series.
The Longhorns loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning after Brejae Washington and Lexy Bennett each singled with one out. Two batters later, Taylor Thom drew a full count walk, but Chelsea Thomas struck out Nadia Taylor – Thomas’ third strikeout of the inning – to keep Texas off the board.
Texas left the bases loaded again in the second but was able to push a run across to tie the game. Kim Bruins doubled on the first pitch she saw to start the inning and Torie Schmidt legged out an infield single to put runners on the corners. Taylor Hoagland drove in Bruins with an infield single of her own, evening the score at 1-1. With two outs, Bennett walked to load the bases, but Thomas struck out Courtney Craig to end the threat.
The Tigers took the lead in the top of the fifth with a three-run frame, aided by two bases loaded walks. Mackenzie Sykes singled to start the inning and Jenna Marston was hit by pitch two batters later. Stephens then beat out an infield single to load the bases, setting up back-to-back RBI walks by Fleming and Nicole Hudson. With two down, Corrin Genovese singled to left, driving in Stephens to make it 4-1. Fleming was thrown out trying to score on the play, ending the inning.
With a run in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the sixth, the Longhorns were able to even the score for the second time in the game. A single, fielding error and a walk loaded the bases for Texas with one out, and an unearned run scored when Kim Bruins grounded out to second. In the sixth, two infield singles put a pair of runners aboard, and they came in to score on Karina Scott’s two out double, tying the game at 4-4.
In the seventh, the Tigers sent 12 batters to the plate and pounded out seven runs on seven hits to take a huge lead. Stephens singled to start the inning and moved up a base on a throwing error on the play. After Stephens took third on a ground out, Hudson was intentionally walked to put runners on the corners. Lindsey Muller then put the Tigers ahead, doubling to right-center field and driving in Stephens. Texas went to the bullpen and brought in ace Blaire Luna, and Genovese greeted her with her fourth home run of the year, a three-run shot to left field on a 3-0 count to make it 8-4.
Sykes kept the rally going by reaching on a walk and Angela Randazzo moved her to second with a single down the line in left. Marston plated Sykes with a base hit into right. After Stephens reached on an error to load the bases, Fleming plated two more for good measure with a single into right.
Fleming and Genovese powered the offense, picking up two hits each and driving in four RBI apiece. Stephens led all Tigers with three hits and three runs scored. Sykes and Randazzo also recorded two hits each.
The Tigers will look to win the series tomorrow, as these two face off in the rubber match at Noon CT. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for more information.
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