Freshman Jenna Marston finished the day 2-for-3
April 10, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas - The No. 7/8 Missouri softball team dropped the opening game of a two-game set with No. 16/17 Texas, as the Tigers fell by a score of 5-2. Mizzou's record drops to 27-7 and 3-4 in the Big 12, while the Horns improve to 33-9 overall and 6-1 in league play.
Sophomore Kristin Nottelmann got the start and took the loss, falling to 8-5 on the season. She pitched four innings, allowed four runs on six hits and walked three while striking out one.
The Longhorns offense got rolling right out of the gate, as they touched home three times in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Taylor Hoagland doubled, while Lexy Bennett followed by a walk. Mizzou had a chance to get out of the inning unscathed when freshman Nicole Hudson fielded a ground ball at third, touched the bag for the force and tossed over to first in an attempt to get the double play. However, the throw was low and freshman Lindsey Muller couldn't scoop it out of the dirt, leaving runners on first and second with two down. Nadia Taylor followed by driving a 2-0 pitch deep over the street in left field to put UT up.
Texas tacked on another run in the bottom of the third. A one out double got things going, and following a two-out walk, UT's Loryn Johnson ripped a single into left, extending the Longhorn lead to 4-0.
Missouri finally broke through in the top of fifth as they got a leadoff home run to right field by sophomore Ashley Fleming. The home run is her fifth of the season, putting her in a tie for the team lead with junior Marla Schweisberger. The run was also the first earned run that Texas' freshman pitcher Blaire Luna had given up in her last 46 2/3 innings pitched.
However, the Longhorns got that run right back, as Taylor connected on her second long ball of the game with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, pushing the UT lead to 5-1. Texas' Loryn Johnson tried to make it back-to-back for the Horns, but a leaping catch at the wall by junior Rhea Taylor ended the inning.
The Tigers tacked on a run in the seventh and brought the tying run up to the plate, but they couldn't push any more across. Freshman Jenna Marston singled to lead off the frame, and scored on a double into the right field corner by fellow freshman Nicole Hudson. Senior Michaele Vock drew a walk to bring up freshman Princess Krebs as the tying run, but a strikeout, Luna's 11th of the game, ended the threat.
Mizzou looks to avoid the sweep on Sunday with the conclusion of the series, beginning at Noon CT.
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