April 17, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - One day after a nine inning battle, the No. 9 Tigers and No. 14 Sooners were back at it as Missouri pulled out another dramatic victory, this one coming in the 11th inning. Nicole Hudson delivered a base hit back up the middle, scoring Saturday's hero Abby Vock, as the Tigers completed their first sweep over the Sooners since 2006.
No. 9 Mizzou 1, No. 14 Oklahoma 0 (11)
|W - Thomas (20-3)||11.0||6||0||0||1||17|
|L - Ricketts (20-9)||10.2||12||1||1||3||13|
|MU - Hudson||6||0||3||1||0||0|
|MU - Krebs||4||0||3||0||0||0|
In front of a regular season record crowd of 1,712, redshirt sophomore Chelsea Thomas was once again magnificent. The Pleasantville, Iowa, native threw her second complete game of the weekend, tossing all 11 innings, while striking out 17 batters for the second straight day. She allowed six hits and walked only one, throwing 163 pitches in the affair. Thomas struck out every Sooner batter at least one time on the day.
Vock picked up her second single of the day with one out in the 11th, sending a 3-1 pitch through the right side. She stole second base with two outs, setting up Hudson's game-winner.
The Tigers had plenty of chances early on, as they rolled out 12 hits off Oklahoma's Keilani Ricketts, but 13 runners left on base kept the game scoreless.
Each team caught a lucky break late in the game. With two outs in the top of the fifth, Oklahoma's Brittany Williams crushed a high fly ball deep into center field. The ball ricocheted off the very top of the fence and bounced back into play for a double. A fielding error then gave the Sooners runners on first and third, but a line out to center ended the threat.
Missouri loaded the bases in the bottom half of the sixth inning, getting back-to-back one out singles from Rhea Taylor and Princess Krebs, followed by a walk to Megan Christopher. However, luck went the Sooners' way this time, as a slow chopper to second hit Christopher as she tried to advance. Christopher was called out, Vock was awarded a single, but neither Krebs nor Taylor was allowed to move up a base. Ricketts worked out of the jam with a strikeout.
The Tigers had two or more runners on base in the second, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth but ultimately came up empty each time. Ricketts was once again the tough-luck loser, as she tossed 10.2 innings, allowing the 12 hits and one run while striking out 13 and walking three.
Hudson and Krebs led the Tigers with three hits each, while Taylor and Vock added two apiece. Hudson had an impressive weekend, going 5-for-10 with two RBI off Ricketts.
Missouri hits the road for four games this week, starting with a doubleheader on Wednesday at Saint Louis at 3 p.m. CT.
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