May 12, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The No. 9 Missouri softball team took game two of the series with Oklahoma State Cowgirls on Saturday, holding off OSU by a 5-3 final. The Tigers got four solid innings from Bailey Erwin before she handed the ball off to Chelsea Thomas for the save, and home runs by Ashley Fleming and Lindsey Muller paced the offense. Missouri is 42-12 overall and 16-7 in the Big 12.
No. 9 Mizzou 5, Oklahoma State 3
|W - Erwin (8-0)||4.2||5||3||3||1||8|
|L - Espinosa (15-12)||6.0||5||5||5||1||3|
|S - Thomas (3)||2.1||0||0||0||2||5|
|MU - Fleming||3||1||1||2||0||1||0|
|MU - Muller||2||1||1||1||0||1||0|
Another two-spot in the third helped Missouri extend their lead to 4-0, coming off the bat of Fleming. Jenna Marston singled to lead things off and Fleming followed by blasting her 15th home run of the season, a new personal best.
Erwin was strong for four innings but ran into a little trouble in the fifth. Amy Graham started off the frame with a base hit and Gessenia DeLaCruz hit a two run homer over the wall in center field to cut the Missouri lead in half. After a strikeout for the first out, Ari Morrison walked and Shelby Davis singled to put two more aboard. Following another strikeout, Erwin issued her first walk of the game to load the bases, forcing the Tigers to bring Thomas in out of the bullpen.
Thomas was shaky to start her relief outing, walking the first two batters she saw on eight pitches, helping OSU trim the lead to 4-3. However, she bounced back with a strikeout to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded.
In the bottom of the sixth, Muller gave the Tigers a little insurance with her second home run in as many days, putting Mizzou ahead 5-3. It was Muller’s sixth home run of the season.
After the shaky fifth, Thomas set down the Cowgirl offense 1-2-3 in both the sixth and seventh innings to record her third save of the season. Erwin got the win to move to 8-0 on the year, giving up three runs on five hits in 4.2 innings of work while matching her career high with eight strikeouts. Thomas allowed no runs on no hits in 2.1 innings, walking two and striking out five.
Mizzou looks for a sweep and the opportunity to clinch second place in the Big 12 on Sunday with the regular season finale. The game will be televised on Metro Sports, beginning at Noon CT.
Mizzou's Season Ends in Super Regional...
Senior 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.) did not want Mizzou Softball's 2015 season to be over.
Mizzou Softball Falls in Opening Super Regional...
A powerful third inning for Mizzou Softball was not enough to hold off No. 7 UCLA in the first...
Mizzou Softball Set for UCLA Super Regional
No. 10-seed Mizzou Softall is set to face No. 7 UCLA in a best-of-three series at the Los Angeles...
Mizzou Softball Adds St. Louis Speedster to...
The Mizzou Softball coaching staff announced that Elizabeth Hagens from Metro High School in St. ...
No. 10 Mizzou Travels to No. 7 UCLA for...
The NCAA Tournament's No. 10 seed, Mizzou Softball will travel to Los Angeles, Calif., to take on...
Mack's Five RBIs Send Mizzou Past Kansas...
Kirsten Mack drove in career high five runs on a grand slam and a double to lead the No. 12/13...
Seniors Help Mizzou Defeat Kansas to Advance to...
Kelsea Roth hit a two-run double in the fifth to send No. 12/13 Mizzou Softball to the NCAA...
Regional Game Times Moved Up for Saturday
With adverse weather conditions forecasted in the area, Saturday's NCAA Softball Regional games...
Official StoreOfficial Online
AUCTIONSOfficial Mobile APP