Junior Lisa Simmons hit her first career home run and drove in a career-high four RBI
April 7, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 7 Missouri Tigers used a come-from-behind, walk-off victory over Kansas in a game one before pummeling the Jayhawks by a 10-2 final in six innings in game two.
The wins improved Missouri's record to 27-6 on the season, and evened up their conference record at 3-3. Kansas fell to 16-21 on the campaign, and 0-6 in Big 12 play.
After struggling offensively for the past several games, the Tigers found themselves in a 4-2 hole in the bottom of the seventh inning. Junior Rhea Taylor got the inning started with a leadoff single through the right side. She would advance to second on a wild pitch before sophomore Ashley Fleming walked, putting runners on first and second with no outs. With a 1-2 count, freshman Jenna Marston crushed an opposite field home run deep over the left field wall, giving the Tigers the 5-4 win in dramatic walk-off fashion.
The home run was the third of the season for Marston, and improved her team-leading RBI total to 30.
Kansas pushes the first run of the game across in top of the third, loading the bases with one out before a fielder's choice put them up 1-0.
Mizzou tied it up in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by senior Gina Schneider, scoring junior Marla Schweisberger who roped a two-out double and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
A two-run home run by Kansas' Brittany Hile put the Jayhawks back on top. Mizzou cut the KU lead to 3-2 in the bottom half on an RBI single by junior Catherine Lee, plating Schweisberger who again doubled. Kansas got that run right back, however, in the top of the seventh, extending their lead to 4-2 before Marston provided the winning shot for the Tigers.
Marson finished the game 2-for-3 with a run and three RBI, while Schweisberger also went 2-for-3. Sophomore Kristin Nottelmann picked up her eighth win of the season, throwing a complete game with five strikeouts.
The dramatic game one victory seemed to light a fire under the Tigers, as they belted out 10 runs on nine hits in the second game.
Kansas once again got on the board first, going up 1-0 in the first inning on a home run by Mariah Montgomery.
Mizzou tied it in the third on a run-scoring single by Fleming, plating Schneider, who walked to lead off the inning.
A second KU home run, this time by Amanda Jobe in the fourth inning, put the Jayhawks ahead once again at 2-1, but that would be the last time they would score, as the Tigers would plate six in the fourth and three in the six for the run-rule victory.
In the fourth, freshman Nicole Hudson got the offense going with a leadoff double. After Hudson was pinch-run for by freshman Princess Krebs, junior Shana White reached on a sac bunt and an error by the third baseman, advancing Krebs to third. Junior Lisa Simmons was called in to pinch hit, and she blasted her first career home run to deep right-center field to put the Tigers up 4-2.
With one out, Schneider was hit by a pitch, and after stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by the catcher, would score on a single by Schweisberger. Junior Kathryn Poet pinch ran for Schweisberger, and would eventually score on a passed ball for Mizzou's fifth run of the frame. The bases would load on back-to-back walks, and a third consecutive walk, this time to Hudson, would plate the final run of the inning, putting MU up 7-2.
The sixth got going with a leadoff single by Fleming and a walk to freshman Rachel Hay. A line drive double down the right field line would score Fleming, and after an error by the right fielder, Hay would come in to score while Hudson advanced to third. Following an out, Simmons came up to the plate and drove a game-winning single up the middle, plating her fourth RBI of the game.
Simmons finished 2-for-3 with the four RBI and a run scored. Fleming and Hudson also collected two hits each, with Fleming driving in one run and Hudson two. Senior Jana Hainey (3-0) pitched four innings of relief, allowing just one run while striking out and walking one.
Game two was delayed due to rain in the fourth inning for just over 20 minutes.
The Tigers hit the road this weekend as they travel to Austin, Texas, for a two-game set against the No. 16 Texas.
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