May 9, 2010
LINCOLN, Neb. – The No. 9 Missouri softball team finished off the regular season with a conference victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, winning by a 5-0 final. Missouri finishes the regular season with a 44-10 record and 11-7 in Big 12 play.
Sophomore Kristin Nottelmann got the win, pitching her 10th complete game of the season by throwing seven scoreless innings. The righty allowed just three hits and struck out four.
The Missouri offense wasted no time getting on the board on Sunday, as they scored twice in the first inning. Rhea Taylor led off the game with her sixth triple of the season, while Jenna Marston drew a one-out walk to put two on. After Marston stole second, Nicole Hudson delivered a two-out single into right field to give Mizzou the early 2-0 lead.
Nebraska loaded the bases in the second with just one out, but Nottelmann got a strikeout and a foul out to get out of the threat.
The Huskers also had a chance in the bottom of the sixth, as they drew back-to-back walks with just one out. However, Nottelmann worked out of it again, getting a fly out followed by a fielder’s choice groundout to end the inning.
The Tigers were able to add on some insurance in the top of the seventh, getting three runs to extend their lead to 5-0. Ashlie Ortega led off the frame with a single back up the middle. Shana White came in to pinch-run, and stole second base. Lindsey Muller then drilled a double over the head of the center fielder, scoring White. Kathryn Poet then walked, and a wild pitch moved up both Young, who was pinch running for Muller, and Poet. Another wild pitch advanced Poet to third and scored Young. Taylor followed with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Poet to make it 5-0.
Nebraska got back-to-back hits with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but Nottelmann again buckled down and got two groundouts to end the game.
Taylor finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run, while Hudson also plated two.
With the regular season now complete, Missouri and the rest of the Big 12 will meet up in Oklahoma City, Okla., next weekend for the 2010 Big 12 Championship. Action gets underway with a pair of play-in games on Friday. Missouri will begin action on Saturday as the No. 5 seed and will play No. 4 Oklahoma State at 1:30 p.m. CT. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for more information.