April 12, 2013
#8 Mizzou 9, Arkansas 0
|L - Cohen (12-8)||4.2||14||9||9||4||2|
|W - Thomas (15-3)||4.0||2||0||0||2||5|
|AR - Wallace (1-for-1)||1||0||1||0||2||0|
|MIZ - Sykes (3-for-3)||3||2||3||2||0||1|
COLUMBIA, Mo. - No. 8 Mizzou softball powered to a five-inning, 9-0 shutout of Arkansas on Friday at University Field, using a two-run home run from sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.) to secure the run-rule win in the bottom of the fifth. Junior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) batted 3-for-3 in the game with her own solo home run in the bottom of the third. The offensive efforts helped senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) tie the school record in wins with her 102nd career victory. She matched former Mizzou standout Teresa Wilson's mark set from 1980-83.
The Tigers improved to 24-4 and 9-3 in Southeastern Conference action with the win, while the Razorbacks dropped to 26-16 (4-9 SEC) with the loss.
Thomas pitched 4.0 innings in the shortened game to improve to 15-3, striking out five batters while allowing just two hits. Arkansas pitcher Chelsea Cohen threw 4.2 innings in the loss (12-8), allowing nine runs and surrendering 14 hits. Mizzou's 14 hits in the game were an SEC-best for the squad.
Four singles in the first inning helped the Tigers plate two runs, with senior 3B Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) and sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.) scoring. Freshman 2B Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.), Randazzo, Roth and Sykes recorded the four base knocks.
Mizzou scored three more runs in the bottom of the third inning, with Sykes' solo shot leading the way. Senior catcher Rachel Hay (Kansas City, Mo.) came through big in a pinch hitting situation, smacking a triple into right field to score redshirt freshman OF Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.), who was pinch running for redshirt freshman RF Carlie Rose (Nixa, Mo.). An RBI double to right center by Crane brought in the inning's third run for a 5-0 lead.
The Tigers tagged the Razorbacks with two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Roth doubled to right center to bring in junior UTL Brianna Corwin (Kansas City, Mo.). Rose finished her 2-for-3 batting outing by singling in Sykes from third base for a 7-0 lead.
A Hudson single prefaced Roth's game-ending shot down the left field line. Roth's 11th home run of the season helped the Tigers record their 12th run-rule shortened win of the season.
Roth (3-for-4) and Sykes both set career highs in hits with three each. Sykes' perfect performance was her second of the season.
Mizzou continues with Arkansas on Saturday, April 13, with a 2 p.m. start. The Sunday, April 14, series finale at 2 p.m. will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
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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