April 19, 2013
#12 Mizzou 6, #11 LSU 1
|W - Thomas (16-4)||7.0||2||1||1||0||13|
|L - Fico (22-8)||7.0||9||6||3||6||3|
|MIZ - Hudson (3-for-5)||5||1||3||0||0||0|
|MIZ - Marston (2-for-3)||3||2||2||0||1||0|
BATON ROUGE, La. - The No. 12 Mizzou softball team was pitched to a strong 6-1 victory over No. 11 LSU by senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) at Tiger Park on Friday. The two-time All-American Tiger became Mizzou's all-time wins leader with the complete game (7.0 IP) performance, recording 13 strikeouts while allowing two hits and zero walks. Mizzou was led offensively by senior Nicole Hudson (Webb, City, Mo.), who batted 3-for-5 with a double.
The Tigers improved to 25-6 overall and 10-5 in Southeastern Conference play with the win, while LSU dropped to 36-10 (11-5 SEC) with the loss. Thomas improved to 16-4 in the circle, her 46th career 10+-strikeout game. She out-dueled LSU's Rachele Fico (22-8), who threw 7.0 innings, allowing nine hits, three runs and issuing six walks to three strikeouts.
After two scoreless innings to start the game, Mizzou started a two-out rally in the top of the third with consecutive singles from senior catcher Jenna Marston (St. Louis, Mo.) and Hudson. Sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.) worked a walk off Fico to load the bases for sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.). The slugger got the count to 3-0 before getting hit by a pitch, bringing home Marston for a 1-0 Mizzou lead.
Two hits, a single and double, helped LSU even the score in the bottom of the fourth inning. A groundout to Marston in front of home plate scored the LSU run from third base for a 1-1 game.
Hudson helped start Missouri's next scoring spree in the top of the fifth inning, hitting a leadoff infield single. Junior UTL Brianna Corwin (Kansas City, Mo.) pinch ran for Hudson and was immediately knocked in by Randazzo, who launched a double to right center. A Roth single to left field brought home Randazzo to put the Tigers up 3-1.
Marston and Hudson started Mizzou's scoring again in the top of the sixth, with Marston singling to left field before Hudson doubled to right field. Roth followed with a walk and with two outs, sophomore Corrin Genovese (East Amherst, N.Y.) looped a ball out into left center field that was dropped on a sliding catch attempt. The error resulted in three runs scoring for the Tigers and a 6-1 advantage.
Thomas recorded her 13th strikeout in the bottom of the seventh and induced a groundout to freshman 2B Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) to end the game and secure her place on top of Mizzou's all-time wins chart. She pushed out of a tie with former Tiger standout Teresa Wilson (1980-83).
Marston finished the game going 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk. Roth finished the game with a team-high two RBI. Redshirt freshman Carlie Rose (Nixa, Mo.) picked up two walks to help Mizzou's cause.
Game two in the Tigers vs. Tigers matchup is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday's finale is set for 1 p.m. with live coverage on Cox Sports Television (CST).
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