May 5, 2010
MACOMB, Ill. – The No. 9 Missouri Tigers closed out their non-conference schedule with a doubleheader sweep over Western Illinois on Wednesday, winning by scores of 5-1 and 7-1. Missouri improves to 42-9 on the season and 33-3 in non-conference games.
Senior Jana Hainey threw five scoreless innings for her ninth win of the season in game one. The lefty struck out three batters and gave up five hits while allowing no walks in her 28th appearance of the season.
The teams exchanged scoreless innings all the way to the fourth, when the Tigers were finally able to push three runs across the board. Nicole Hudson led off the inning with a double to the right field fence and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Hudson would score on a double by Lindsey Muller, who roped a line drive over the right fielder’s head, making it 1-0 Tigers. Gina Schneider followed by delivering a home run to straightaway center field, putting Missouri up 3-0.
With two outs and runners on second and third in the fifth, Marla Schweisberger lined a double into the right-center field gap to plate both runners and extend the Tiger lead to 5-0.
Western Illinois got on the board in the bottom of the sixth, started by a one-out double by Beth Golitko, one of her three hits on the day. After a flyout, Erin Schlotfeldt singled into to left, scoring Golitko for the first Leatherneck run of the game.
The Leathernecks attempted to get back into the game in the seventh with two base runners reaching with only one out, but a fielder’s choice and a leaping grab on a liner to Marston ended the threat and the game.
Schneider finished game one going 2-for-3 at the plate with a run and a pair of RBI. Five other Tigers picked up a hit in the game.
Game two started similarly to the first game, with both teams remaining scoreless through the first three innings. Just like game one, Mizzou pushed across three runs in the top of the fourth to take the first lead of the game. Hudson drew a leadoff walk and two batters later Shana White singled up the middle and advanced on the throw, putting runners on second and third. After a strikeout, Schweisberger delivered a home run to dead center field, giving the Tigers the 3-0 lead. Schweisberger’s ninth home run of the season puts her back on top as the team leader.
Western fought back in their half, however, beginning with a leadoff triple by Julie DePolo. She came home to score on the next play on an error, cutting the lead to 3-1.
Missouri picked up a pair of insurance runs in the top of the sixth to extend their lead to 5-1. Schneider led off with a double, and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by White. Ashlie Ortega then came in as a pinch hitter and picked up her first career extra base hit, a triple to right field, scoring Schneider. Schweisberger then followed with her fourth RBI of the game, coming on a double to right. Taylor extended her hitting streak to 18 games with an infield single. She extended it in game one with a single in the first inning. Megan Christopher roped an infield single off the third baseman to plate Missouri’s third run of the inning, pushing the lead to 6-1.
In the seventh, Hudson blasted her seventh bomb of the season to lead off the frame and extend the Tiger lead to 7-1.
Kristin Nottelmann went the distance to improve to 17-6 on the season. The sophomore allowed just one run on four hits while striking out two.
Schweisberger went 2-for-3 at the plate with the home run, a double and four RBI. Marston picked up a pair of hits in the game as well, going 2-for-4.
Missouri concludes their regular season schedule with a two-game set against Nebraska, beginning Saturday at Noon CT. Saturday’s game will air on Fox Sports Midwest.