April 7, 2013
#7 Mizzou 6, #4 Alabama 14
|L - Thomas (14-3)||5.2||11||14||11||8||3|
|W - Traina (17-3)||6.0||8||6||5||5||5|
|MIZ - Marston (2-for-3)||3||0||2||1||1||0|
|ALA - Fichtner (3-for-3)||3||2||3||4||1||1|
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - No. 7 Mizzou softball dropped its series finale at No. 4 Alabama on Sunday, yielding a six-inning, 14-6 result. The Tigers were led by 2-for-3 batting performances by senior catcher Jenna Marston (St. Louis, Mo.) and redshirt freshman RF Carlie Rose (Nixa, Mo.), with Marston's base hits both doubles.
The Tigers dropped to 23-4 overall and 8-3 in Southeastern Conference play with the setback. The Crimson Tide moved to 35-6 (10-5 SEC) with the decision.
Mizzou jumped out on Alabama with an opening run in the first inning, with freshman 2B Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) starting the contest with a leadoff walk. After a groundout moved Crane to second base, senior Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) delivered with an RBI single up the middle to score Crane for a 1-0 lead.
Alabama fought back with four runs in the bottom of the first off two hits, one of which a three-run home run to set the score at 4-1 to the Crimson Tide.
Junior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) singled and later scored to make it 4-2 in Alabama's favor. She was batted to second base from a one-base knock by Rose and scored after a slap up the middle by sophomore CF Kayla Kingsley (Oklahoma City, Okla.) was misplayed for an error.
The Crimson Tide added six more runs in the bottom of the second and third innings, using three hits and a Mizzou error to plate the runs in the second. Alabama scored two runs off two hits and a Tiger error in the third. Alabama took a 10-2 advantage into the fourth inning.
Led by a two-run single from sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.), the Tigers scored four runs of their own in the top of the fourth inning with two outs. A single by Genovese was scored by a Marston double to left center. With the bases loaded, a Randazzo walk brought home Crane from third base. Roth's shot down the third base line set the score at 10-6 to the Crimson Tide.
Alabama added one run in the fifth inning and three runs in the sixth to finish the game with a 14-6 score.
Senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) pitched 5.2 innings in the setback (14-3), allowing 11 hits and 11 earned runs while striking out three Crimson Tide batters. Alabama junior Jackie Traina pitched 6.0 innings for the win (17-3), surrendering eight hits and five earned runs.
The game was moved up to an 11:30 a.m. start due to time constraints related to travel.
The Tigers next head to UMKC for a mid-week doubleheader on Wednesday, April 10, at the Kangaroos' Missouri 3&2 Complex. The games are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Mizzou then hosts SEC foe Arkansas for a three-game series from April 12-14 at University Field. The Sunday, April 14, game at 2 p.m. will be televised nationally on ESPNU. The Friday and Saturday games are scheduled for 6 p.m. and 2 p.m. starts, respectively, with live coverage to subscribers on the Mizzou Network.
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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