Tigers Tied For First in Big 12 After Sweeping Iowa State



April 26, 2007

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Columbia, Mo. - The No. 21 Missouri softball team (35-19, 11-2) moved into a tie for first in the Big 12 Conference after completing a two-game sweep of Iowa State (22-37, 1-13), 1-0 and 5-0, on University Field. Missouri and No. 8 Baylor both stand at 11-2 in the conference and will square off in a two-game series beginning Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m. (CT) in Waco, Texas.

Taking game two of the doubleheader with the Cyclones, 5-0, Missouri was credited with its 35th win of the campaign, marking only the fourth time in 10 years that a Tiger softball team has won 35 or more games in a single season. Missouri's last 35 plus win season came in 2005 when the Tigers finished the year with a 44-15 record.

Freshman pitcher Jana Hainey (Raymore, Mo.) was credited with her second Big 12 win of the season after striking out five Cyclones in seven innings. Hainey faced 26 batters, allowing only three hits and giving up only two walks. Hainey moves to 6-5 on the season and 2-0 in Big 12 play with a perfect 0.00 ERA in 18 innings of league action.

Helping Missouri take the lead and eventual game two win, senior Sarah Stringer (Auxvasse, Mo.) finished 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI and a run. Stringer's first inning two out double to right center drove in leadoff batter Leanne Bowers (Arnold, Mo.) and freshman Julie Silver (Chesterfield, Mo.) from second and first base, respectively. Stringer scored later in the inning on shortstop Andee Allen's (Windsor, Mo.) single to right center.

Missouri scored all five of its runs within the first three innings. The final two Tigers crossed the plate in the bottom of the third, on redshirt junior Micaela Minner's (Sanger, Texas) singe through the right side and Stringer's double to left center. Silver scored two of Missouri's five runs and has now scored 23 on the year.

The Tiger's return to No. 8 Baylor after dropping two games to the Bears last season at home. Game two of the series is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, April 29 at Getterman Stadium. Missouri leads the all-time series with the Bears, 19-14.



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