April 22, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. – A day after setting a new career-high in strikeouts, sophomore pitcher Kristin Nottelmann came out on Thursday and did it again. The righty struck out a career-best 10 batters on Wednesday against Missouri S&T on the way to her first career no-hitter, but on Thursday Nottelmann struck out 13 hitters as the Tigers defeated Central Methodist by a 7-1 score.
Senior Gina Schneider led the offense with a grand slam, her fourth home run of the season, while juniors Rhea Taylor and Catherine Lee continued their hot streaks. Taylor went 2-for 3 with a run and a stolen base, while Lee ripped her third home run of the season and drove in three.
Taylor led off the first inning with a single into right field, extending her hitting streak to nine games, the longest of any Tiger this season. Lee then followed with a home run to left-center, her third bomb of the year, to give Mizzou the early 2-0 lead.
Lee made it 3-0 in the bottom of the second when she hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly, which was caught in foul territory by the right fielder. Junior Shana White, who singled to lead off the inning, scored on the play. White finished the game 3-for-3 with a stolen base.
Central Methodist closed the gap in the top of the fourth, putting a bit of pressure on the No. 11 Tigers. With one out, Kelsey Johnley reached on a base hit, setting up an RBI double by Holly Adams to cut the lead to 3-1.
The Tigers put the game out of reach in the fifth, however, on Schneider’s grand slam. Freshman Jenna Marston got it rolling with a single, while freshman Ashlie Ortega reached on an error. Nicole Hudson walked to the load the bases to set up Schneider, who had been robbed of a home run the day before. The senior delivered a 3-2 pitch just out of the reach of the center fielder and over the wall, putting Mizzou up 7-1.
Along with the 13 strikeouts, Nottelmann finished the day with just one run allowed and no walks while scattering five hits.
Missouri and CMU were originally scheduled to play two, but rain started rolling in after the first game, postponing the second game. The two teams may look to reschedule for next week, but no official announcement has been made.
The Tigers resume Big 12 play this weekend with a pivotal series at No. 22 Texas A&M. Play will begin on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT, while game two will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday’s game will be shown on ESPN. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for more information.