Tigers Fall 5-2, Eliminated from WCWS

MUTIGERS.COM Marla Schweisberger knocked in Mizzou's only two runs
Marla Schweisberger knocked in Mizzou's only two runs

May 30, 2009

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Oklahoma City, Okla. - The Missouri softball team (50-12) saw its season come to an end after dropping a 5-2 loss to ninth-ranked Georgia (45-11) in its second game of the Women's College World Series held at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. With the loss, Missouri is the first school eliminated from the tournament, finishing eighth in its fourth WCWS appearance.

Freshman Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) threw a three-and-one-third inning no hitter before allowing a fourth inning single up the middle by Bulldog cleanup batter Morgan Wiggins. A fielder's choice tossed Wiggins out at second, but allowed first baseman Brianna Hesson to reach base safely. Catcher Kristyn Sandberg was next to the plate and hit a two run home run over the centerfield wall, extending Georgia's lead, 3-0.

Thomas threw four innings, 83 pitches, allowing four earned runs on three hits before being relieved by senior Stacy Delaney (Freeland, Mich.). Thomas was saddled with the loss and finishes her freshman career with a 16-7 record. Delaney closed out the game for Missouri and managed three strikeouts in two innings, bringing her career total to 312.

Georgia put up the first run, unearned, in the bottom half of the first inning, but Missouri managed the first hit of the game. Tiger second baseman Andee Allen (Barnhart, Mo.) dropped a two out single in right field, advancing to second on an illegal pitch by Christie Hamilton. Allen was stranded on second as seven hole hitter Marla Schweisberger (Raytown, Mo.) went down on strikes. By the close of the game, Missouri had left six runners on base, with four in scoring position.

The Tigers hung two runs in the top of the sixth on a two out single to centerfield by Schweisberger. Leftfielder Kathryn Poet (Tujunga, Calif.) led off the inning with a single to centerfield, advancing to second on designated player Micaela Minner's (Sanger, Texas) single up the middle. Two outs later, Schweisberger took her third at bat of the game and drove in Poet and pinch runner Michaele Vock (Morrison, Ill.) from second and third base, respectively. Both runners had advanced one base on Allen's contested out at first base one at bat earlier. As a team, the Tigers managed five hits off of Hamilton.

Missouri's 50-win campaign is the school's best in program history while its .313 batting average is the best since 1997 (.318). Additionally the squad's 1.47 earned run average is the best since 1998 (1.27).



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