Freshman Emily Crane went 6-for-8 with three doubles on the day
Sept. 21, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou softball team opened up their fall schedule with a pair of victories on Friday afternoon, toppling Columbia College and Highland Community College for the doubleheader sweep. The Tigers took shutout the Cougars, 7-0, in the opener before toppling Highland by a 7-3 final in the second game.
Missouri pushed across five runs in the bottom of the first against Columbia to take a commanding lead out of the gate. Freshman Emily Crane led off the frame with an infield single and the Tigers quickly loaded the bases with a pair of hit by pitches. Senior Nicole Hudson drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center, and after a walk reloaded the bases, sophomore Angela Randazzo blasted a grand slam over the wall in left to make it 5-0.
The Tigers added two more in the bottom of the fourth to push the lead to 7-0. Mizzou loaded the bases with one out, and Hudson earned an RBI on a hit by pitch, scoring Mackenzie Sykes. Senior Lindsey Muller followed with an RBI single to plate Crane.
Redshirt senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas was dominant and efficient, throwing just 65 pitches in a complete game shutout. She allowed just one hit and struck out nine without issuing a walk. Crane led the team with three hits and scored two runs, while Randazzo's four RBI were tops for Mizzou.
In the second game, the Tigers battled back and forth with Highland Community College before finally emerging with a 7-3 victory. Muller earned the win, pitching two innings of relief while allowing a run. Kelsea Roth started the game in the circle and allowed two runs in three innings, while Nicole Hudson tossed the last two innings, giving up just one hit while striking out a pair.
The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the first, jump-started by the two Missouri freshmen. With one away, Crane doubled to left and Sarah Moore followed with a two-run blast to straight away center field for a homer. Highland tied the game in the following half inning with a two out, two run homer just inside the left field foul pole.
The score remained 2-2 until the third, when the Tigers broke through with four runs. Junior Brianna Corwin legged out an infield single to start the frame, and with one away Crane singled to left to put two aboard. Moore followed with a base hit, driving in Corwin, and Randazzo added her second home run of the day to give Mizzou a 5-2 lead. The Tigers then collected three straight singles, getting base hits from Kelsi Jones, Rachel Hay and Corrin Genovese to tack on another run.
Crane made it 7-2 in the fourth with an RBI double to left-center, her second double of the game, scoring Corwin on the play. Highland got a run in the fifth to make it 7-3, but wasn't able to chip away further as the Tigers held on for the win.
Moore led the team with three RBI while also adding two hits and scoring twice. Crane led all Tigers with three hits and finished the day with six hits in eight at bats. Randazzo added her second homer and two more RBI, while Hay singled twice.
The Tigers will play another doubleheader next Friday, beginning at 3:30 p.m. CT with Mineral Area. Mizzou will then take on Central Methodist at 5:30. For more information, stay tuned to mutigers.com.
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