April 11, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 16 Texas Longhorns (34-9, 7-1 Big 12) used four home runs and some timely two-out offense to knock off the No. 7 Missouri Tigers (27-8, 3-5 Big 12) by a 10-2 score. The Longhorns sweep the regular season series with Mizzou for the first time since 2006.
Missouri’s offense came out with a run right out of the gate, going up 1-0 after the top of the first. Junior Rhea Taylor started it off with a leadoff infield single, and stole second with one out. Freshman Jenna Marston ripped a hard hit ball off the second baseman for a hit, while also bringing Taylor around to score.
Though the Tigers got two quick outs in the bottom half of the first, Texas was still able to score five runs in the inning. A two-out walk got the rally going, followed by a single and another walk. After fouling off several pitches, Loryn Johnson delivered a two-run single through the left side to make it 2-1, and Tallie Thrasher crushed a three-run home run deep over the right-center field fence to put the Horns up 5-1.
The Tigers tacked on another in the third on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Ashley Fleming. With one out in the inning, Marston singled into right field and advanced all the way to third after the ball went through the fielder’s legs and all the way to the wall. Fleming, the very next batter, hit a high fly ball into right-center, allowing Marston to tag and score. Marston was able to beat a very good throw with a slide around the catcher while touching the plate with her hand, just beating the tag.
Texas, though, got that run right back. With two outs in the inning, Thrasher hit her second home run of the game, this one off the center field scoreboard, putting the Horns up 6-2.
The Horns extended their lead in the fifth with a leadoff solo home run by Amy Hooks. After a hit batter, Thrasher delivered her third home run of the game, this one over the center field fence to put the Horns up 9-2. A wild pitch and a throwing error plated the last run for a 10-2, run-rule win.
Mizzou looks to get back on the winning side of things this week with a doubleheader on Tuesday with SIU-Edwardsville and a single game on Wednesday with the Southern Illinois Salukis from Carbondale, Ill. Tuesday’s action gets underway at 3 p.m. CT.
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