April 20, 2011
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The No. 8 Missouri softball team pushed their record to 37-5 after winning their ninth and 10th consecutive games on Wednesday, as they took down Saint Louis with victories of 7-4 and 5-1.
No. 8 Mizzou 7, Saint Louis 4
|W - Muller (2-0)||2.0||0||0||0||2||0|
|L - Matesa (10-6)||6.0||7||7||3||8||4|
|S - Fleming (2)||2.0||1||0||0||0||1|
|MU - Schweisberger||2||0||1||3||2||0|
|MU - Hudson||4||1||2||1||0||0|
No. 8 Mizzou 5, Saint Louis 1
|W - Nottelmann (13-1)||7.0||6||1||1||6||8|
|L - Austin (4-7)||7.0||5||5||3||5||4|
|MU - Fleming||3||2||2||2||1||1|
|MU - Hudson||3||2||1||1||1||1|
The Tigers opened up with four unearned runs in the top of the first inning, taking advantage of a pair of two out errors committed by the Billikens. Nicole Hudson singled up the middle for the first hit of the game, and moved over to third when Catherine Lee singled into the gap in right-center. The Billikens had a chance to get out of the inning when Maddison Ruggeberg hit a grounder to third, but an error allowed Hudson to score and kept the inning alive. Princess Krebs followed with a base hit into right, plating Lee, and both Ruggeberg and Krebs would score on Marla Schweisberger’s double to the wall in left field.
Saint Louis was able to get one back after Missouri committed a couple of mishaps of their own in the bottom half of the first. With one out, the Billikens put two batters on with a double and a walk. The Tigers looked as if they got out number two, but a catcher’s interference call loaded the bases. Hudson then got a groundball that could’ve been a double play, but a fielding error allowed a run to come across. Hudson worked two straight strikeouts to end the inning and get out of the jam.
Hudson helped herself out again in the top of the second, as she sent a run-scoring double to the wall in left-center field. The two-bagger scored Jenna Marston, who walked to lead off the inning, making it 5-1.
The Billikens got a three-run homer in the bottom of the third to cut the Tiger lead to 5-4. Two straight bunt singles started off the inning, and Rachel Faletto followed with her second home run of the season.
Both pitching staffs settled in from there, as the Tigers were held without a hit until the top of the seventh, when Lee led off the inning with a double. With Rhea Taylor pinch running, Ruggeberg singled in to center field, putting runners at the corners. A walk loaded the bases, and a fielder’s choice by Schweisberger scored Taylor to make it 6-4. The lead was pushed to 7-4 when Ashley Fleming grounded out, scoring Shana White who pinch ran for Ruggeberg.
Lindsey Muller picked up the win, throwing two scoreless innings of relief while allowing no hits and issuing two walks, as she improved to 2-0 on the season. Fleming registered her second save of the season with two innings of her own, giving up one hit and striking out one.
Schweisberger powered the offense with three runs batted in, while Hudson and Lee led the team with two hits and a run apiece.
Missouri 5, SLU 1
An error to the first batter of the game allowed Mizzou to push across two unearned runs in the first inning. Rhea Taylor hit a little dribbler back to the pitcher, who was unable to field it cleanly. She then stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on another groundout to make it 1-0. After a two out walk, Maddison Ruggeberg doubled to right center, scoring Ashley Fleming and giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Ruggeberg’s second double of the day in the top of the third once again brought home Fleming, who doubled with one out in the inning.
The Billikens had a chance to cut into the lead in the bottom of the third after a leadoff walk and a fielding error put two runners on with no outs. Two batters later, a walk loaded the bases with one out, but Kristin Nottelmann worked out of it with a groundout and a fly out.
Nottelmann got out of another jam in the bottom of the fourth after SLU took a leadoff walk followed by perfectly-placed bunt single to put a pair of runners on with no outs. However, a pop out on a bunt and a line out to second counted for two quick outs, and Nottelmann finished off the inning with a strikeout to keep SLU off the board.
SLU finally pushed a run across in the bottom of the sixth when Laura Bohning homered to left field with one out. Bohning’s first of the year cut the lead to 3-1. Kristin Nicolleti then followed with a double into right, and a walk put the tying run on base. However, a pop out and a ground out ended the inning.
Fleming’s two out solo home run in the top of the seventh got that run back for the Tigers. Hudson followed with a solo shot of her own, extending Missouri’s lead to 5-1. Both Fleming and Hudson have 10 home runs on the season, tying them for the team lead and putting them in a tie for 10th most in a single season at Missouri. Fleming now has a career-high for home runs in a season, as she edges last year’s total of nine and pushes her career total to 23. Hudson has tied her overall total from her freshman season and now has 20 for her career.
Saint Louis outhit Missouri by a six to four margin, but the 12 runners left on base proved to hurt the Billikens as they could only muster one run.
Nottelmann improved to 13-1 on the season with her complete game performance. She allowed just the one run on six hits, worked through six walks and struck out eight. Fleming and Ruggeberg each had two hits with two driven in.
Missouri heads to Lincoln, Neb., this weekend for a Big 12 Conference series with No. 14 Nebraska. The first game is on Friday at 6 p.m. CT, with the finale starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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