April 5, 2013
#7 Mizzou 1, #4 Alabama 4
|L - Thomas (13-2)||6.0||7||4||4||2||6|
|W - Traina (16-3)||7.0||5||1||1||5||6|
|MIZ - Genovese (2-for-2)||2||0||2||0||1||0|
|ALA - Fichtner (3-for-3)||3||1||3||1||0||0|
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - No. 7 Mizzou softball fell at No. 4 Alabama by a score of 4-1 to start its weekend series on Friday, pitting Top 10 teams against each other at Rhoads Stadium. Sophomore SS Corrin Genovese (East Amherst, N.Y.) led the Tigers offensively, batting 2-for-2 and also walking to reach base in all three of her plate appearances.
Mizzou dropped to 22-3 overall and 7-2 in Southeastern Conference action with the result, nationally televised by ESPNU. The Crimson Tide improved its record to 34-5 (9-4).
The Tigers were able to tighten the game in the top of the seventh inning, scoring one run with the bases loaded and two outs. Sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.) smacked a groundball that escaped the reach of Alabama junior pitcher Jackie Traina, singling home sophomore CF Kayla Kingsley (Oklahoma City, Okla.) to set the final score of 4-1. Junior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) was unable to put a ride on a pitch, popping out to the Crimson Tide defense to end the contest.
Senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) pitched 6.0 innings in the setback (13-2), allowing seven hits and four runs while striking out six Alabama batters. Traina took the win (16-3) with 7.0 innings pitched, having five hits and five walks earned by Tigers.
Alabama struck first in the bottom of the second inning with a two-out double to left center that scored runners from first base and second base for a 2-0 lead. Thomas surrendered two hits and a walk in the inning.
The Crimson Tide was able to add two more runs in the bottom of the third inning thanks to two-straight hits to begin its turn at the plate. After a wild pitch advanced the runners, a chopped grounder to sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.) created a play at home, but the throw was not in time. Alabama knocked in their fourth run with a single after a previous sacrifice bunt had moved the runners. Genovese ended the inning on her own by fielding a grounder up the middle, tapping second base and delivering a throw to first base.
Mizzou found an earlier opportunity for runs in the top of the sixth inning with runners on second and third base with two outs. After Sykes reached base on an error at shortstop, Genovese flared a single to right field. Freshman RF Carlie Rose (Nixa, Mo.) entered to pinch hit and a wild pitch from Traina advanced the Tigers runners. Rose found herself unable to catch up to a fastball and went down swinging.
Mizzou continues at Alabama on Saturday, April 6, with a 2 p.m. start on ESPNU. The Tigers and Crimson Tide finish the series with a Noon start on Sunday, April 7.
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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