April 21, 2010
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COLUMBIA, Mo. - It was a day of firsts for the No. 11 Missouri softball team, who improved to 34-8 on the season following a split-doubleheader sweep over Evansville and Missouri S&T. Senior Michaele Vock hit her first career home run, doing so in walk-off fashion, to lift the Tigers over Evansville, 8-0 in five innings, while sophomore Kristin Nottelmann stymied the Missouri S&T batters for five innings with a career high 10 strikeouts. as she picked up her first career no-hitter in Mizzou's second 8-0 win of the day.
Senior Jana Hainey got the start in game one, and she'd limit the Evansville offense to just two hits while walking two and striking out four. Hainey improved her perfect record to 6-0 on the season.
Junior Rhea Taylor went 2-for-3 in game one with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Freshmen Jenna Marston and Nicole Hudson each picked up a hit, a run and an RBI, as did sophomore Ashley Fleming.
Evansville hung tight with Missouri for the first few innings, as the Tigers didn't get on the board until the third. Senior Gina Schneider tried to get the offense going as she led off the frame, driving one deep to center field, however, Aces' center fielder Jamie Lindauer scaled the wall and brought Schneider's home run bid back for the out.
Missouri still got one across, however, as Taylor would get things rolling with a single and a stolen base. She moved over to third on a groundout, and then Marston roped a double to the right field wall, putting the Tigers up 1-0. The double and RBI were Marston's 10th and 37th, respectively.
The Tigers tacked on another in the fourth, getting an unearned run. Hudson led off with a single, and advanced to second on a fielding error. After being pinch-ran for by freshman Princess Krebs, back-to-back ground outs to the right side would put Mizzou up 2-0.
Mizzou broke it wide open in the fifth, and eventually won the game with a six-run inning. As she did in the third, Taylor singled and stole second with one out to get things rolling. Junior Catherine Lee walked, and Marston reached on a fielder's choice. On the play, the second baseman committed a throwing error, which allowed Taylor to come around and score. Fleming roped a single up the middle, driving home junior Kathryn Poet, who was pinch-running for Lee, to make it 4-0. Fleming and Marston both came around to score when the center fielder dropped a fly ball off the bat of Hudson, pushing the score to 6-0. At that point, Michaele Vock came off the bat as a pinch hitter and delivered with her first career home run, a two-run shot, to give the Tigers the walk-off, run-rule victory.
Game two was all Nottelmann, as she threw all five innings to improve her record to 12-6, while also collecting her first career no-hitter. The only thing standing between Nottelmann and a perfect game was a fielding error on a hard hit ball to second. She struck out a 10 Missouri S&T batters, a career-best, and walked zero.
Taylor extended her hitting streak to eight games with a 2-for-2 performance, which included a three-run home run, her fourth homer of the season. Junior Shana White went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run, while fellow junior Megan Christopher picked up a hit and two RBI while walking twice.
Once again, Mizzou was held scoreless for the first two frames, but a five-run third broke it wide open. Christopher walked to lead off the inning, while Fleming singled to put runners on first and second. From there, Taylor delivered the 1-1 offering over the right field fence for the home run, putting the Tigers up 3-0. Following a walk, Lee came around to score on a single off the bat of Gina Schneider, who reached third on an error. Hudson put the Tigers up 5-0 on a sacrifice fly, plating Schneider.
Missouri added another in the fourth to make it 6-0. White led off with a double down the left field line, and Christopher plated her by driving the first pitch she saw into right for the RBI single.
Missouri added two more in the fifth to pick up their second walk-off victory of the day. Junior Abby Vock got things going with a leadoff single to center and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Freshman Ashlie Ortega followed with a double into center, the first hit of the season and her collegiate career, advancing Vock to third. After Michaele Vock walked with one out to load the bases, White singled into left to score Abby Vock. Ortega would then score the winning run on a walk to Christopher, giving Missouri back-to-back 8-0 victories.
The Tigers, who have now won seven straight, look to extend their winning streak on Thursday, when they host another doubleheader. Missouri and Central Methodist will get started at 2 p.m. CT at University Field.