May 8, 2010
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Missouri Tigers’ offense was stymied on Saturday, as they fell by a 5-2 score to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Mizzou falls to 43-10 on the season and 10-7 in Big 12 play, while Nebraska improves to 29-25 overall and 7-10 in conference.
The Huskers got on the board first with three straight hits to start the bottom half of the first inning, capped by a three-run home run to give Nebraska the 3-0 lead. After back-to-back singles, Ashley Guile ripped a 1-2 pitch over the right field fence for her third home run of the season.
Missouri got back in the game with a pair of two out runs in the top of the third. Rhea Taylor started the rally with a two out walk, and moved to second on her 36th stolen base of the season. Catherine Lee doubled into the gap to bring Taylor around to score, while Lee scored on a single by Jenna Marston, cutting the Husker lead to 3-2.
Nebraska got those two runs right back, however, capped by a two-run single by Gabby Banda. With one out, Guile singled for her second hit of the game, and advanced to third on Brooke Thomason’s two out double, setting up Banda, who sent a 1-2 pitch back up the middle to put Nebraska up 5-2.
The Tigers were able to get the leadoff hitters on in both the fourth and fifth innings, but couldn’t bring anyone home. A leadoff walk to Gina Schneider started the fourth, but she was retired on a fielder’s choice and the last two hitters of the inning recorded outs to end the frame. In the fifth, Taylor drew a leadoff walk and stole second base, but Lee lined out to the shortstop, who stepped on the bag to double up Taylor. Marston struck out for the third out.
Mizzou’s rally attempt in the seventh fell short. Ashlie Ortega reached second to start off the inning after hitting a deep fly ball to center that was dropped by Nebraska’s center fielder. Marla Schweisberger battled, fouling off 11 pitches before grounding out to third. Taylor popped out for the second out, and Lee struck out to end the game.
Jana Hainey took the loss for Missouri, dropping to 9-2 this season. She pitched just 3.2 innings, allowing seven hits and five runs.
Taylor saw her hitting streak of 18 consecutive games snapped after she went 0-for-2 with two walks. Her streak concludes as the seventh-longest in Big 12 history.
Missouri will try to pick up a split as they close out the regular season on Sunday. Game time is set for Noon CT.