May 1, 2010
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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The No. 10 Missouri Tigers (40-9, 9-6 Big 12) secured win No. 40 for the fourth straight season with their 9-2 victory over the Baylor Bears (26-21, 6-10) on Saturday.
Senior Jana Hainey won her eighth game of the season, throwing five innings of five hit ball while allowing two runs.
Baylor got on the board first in the second inning on a two-run blast from Bree Hanafin. With two outs, the Lady Bears got a single from Sydney Wilson in front of Hanafin, who sent the full count pitch over the right field wall, putting the Bears up 2-0.
That’s all Baylor would get, however, and the Missouri offense backed up Hainey to get her the victory.
Missouri pushed across five runs in the bottom of the fourth to get on top for the first time on the day. Jenna Marston drew a one out walk and moved to second on Ashley Fleming’s single. Marla Schweisberger then ripped a single down the left field line to score Marston for the first Mizzou run of the day. Nicole Hudson then followed with the biggest hit of the day for Missouri, a three-run home run to dead center field. The home run was her sixth of the season and put Missouri up 4-2. Later in the inning, Gina Schneider ripped a single off the pitcher and advanced to second on a wild pitch. She’d score on an RBI single by Abby Vock, making it 5-2.
Rhea Taylor led off the bottom of the fifth with a triple to right field. The lefty sent a 3-2 pitch over the right fielder’s head and all the way to the wall, allowing her to advance all the way around to third while extending her hitting streak to 15 straight games. Taylor also had a 15-game streak last season, and ties her for the 11th longest streak in Big 12 history.
A groundout by Catherine Lee would score Taylor, pushing the Mizzou lead to 6-2. Schneider would later walk with the bases loaded to make it 7-2.
Missouri tacked on two more in the bottom of the sixth, which was ignited by another Taylor triple. It was her fifth triple on the season, and marked the 11th straight game in which she had at least two hits. She came around to score on an RBI single up the middle by Marston, who would be plated on Fleming’s second double of the day.
Lindsey Muller pitched two shutout innings of relief, allowing only two hits while striking out one. Fleming finished the day 3-for-3 at the plate with the two doubles and an RBI. Taylor went 2-for-3 with two runs and a hit-by-pitch, while Marston scored three times.
Following the game, Missouri honored the careers of their three seniors: Hainey, Schneider and Michaele Vock, who are playing their last regular season series at University Field.
Tomorrow’s regular season home finale will begin at Noon CT. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for more information.