April 25, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 11 Missouri softball team put together a late-rally in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough as they dropped the finale against No. 22 Texas A&M by a 6-5 final. Mizzou’s bid for a sweep was thwarted by Aggie pitcher Melissa Dumezich, who improved to 12-1 on the year. Missouri scored four runs in the top of the seventh to tie it at 5-5, but the Aggies pushed across the winning run with two outs in the bottom half for the victory.
Texas A&M improved to 36-13 on the season and 7-6 in Big 12 play, while Mizzou dropped to 36-9 overall and 6-6 in the league.
Senior Jana Hainey lost for the first time this season, falling to 7-1. She pitched 1.1 innings in relief, giving up two runs on two hits while also walking a pair.
The Aggies jumped out on top early with a pair of two out runs in each of the first two innings. In the bottom of the first, Meagan May hit her 19th home run of the season to put TAMU up 1-0. In the second, Texas A&M got the leadoff runner on with a bunt single. A sac bunt moved her up to second, and she advanced to third on a passed ball. Following a strikeout, A&M’s second infield hit of the inning brought around their second run.
The teams exchanged scoreless innings until the top of the fourth, when Missouri finally got on the board via an unearned run. Catherine Lee singled to start the inning, and came around to score on a two out error by the Aggie right fielder. Nicole Hudson delivered a deep fly ball to the warning track through the wind and into the sun, and A&M’s Bailey Schroeder couldn’t squeeze it, allowing Lee to score and Hudson to advance around to third.
Missouri had a chance to score in the top of the fifth with two outs, but were the victims of a fluky play to end the inning. Marla Schweisberger reached on a throwing error, and Rhea Taylor delivered the first Mizzou hit of the day into center field, putting runners on second and third. Lee came up and drilled a pitch to third base, which deflected off the third baseman directly to the shortstop, who threw back to third to get the force.
In the top of the sixth, the Tigers put together their first real threat of the game, but ultimately came up empty. After a perfectly placed leadoff bunt single by Jenna Marston, Ashley Fleming roped a double over the head of the center fielder, putting runners on second and third with no outs. However, two pop-ups and a groundout ended the threat for Missouri.
Texas A&M added to their lead in the sixth with May’s second home run of the game, putting the Aggies up 3-1. Before the long ball, Nottelmann had settled into a groove, sitting down eight straight. Three batters later, Texas A&M got another home run, a two-run blast, making it 5-1.
In the seventh, Marla Schweisberger hit her second home run of the weekend and seventh of the season with a runner on and no one out, cutting the lead to 5-3. Taylor then followed with an infield single right back to the pitcher, beating the throw in a close play at first and bringing the tying run to the plate. After a pop-out, Marston roped a double into the gap, plating Taylor and cutting the lead to 5-4. After a pop out and a hit by pitch, pinch hitter Kathryn Poet singled into left field to score Marston and even the score at 5-5.
However, the Aggies were able to push one more run across in the bottom half of the inning for the win. Hainey got the first two outs relatively easily, getting a fly out and a foul out. Back-to-back two out walks set up the winning single by Rhiannon Kliesing, ending the Tigers’ chance of sending the game to extras.
The Tigers return to action this Wednesday with a doubleheader against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, beginning at 2 p.m. CT. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for more information.