In 21.0 innings this fall, Kristin Nottelmann has 40 strikeouts and has allowed just five hits
Oct. 7, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri softball team pushed their fall record to 6-0 on Friday evening with a pair of shutout victories, defeating St. Louis Community College by a 7-0 score in game one before knocking off Iowa Central Community College by an 11-2 final.
Senior pitcher Kristin Nottelmann was once again brilliant in the circle, as she shut down St. Louis-CC in game one with a one hit, 15 strikeout performance. It was Nottelmann’s second 15 strikeout game and third double-digit strikeout contest of the fall. The one hit, which didn’t come until the top of the fifth inning, was the only runner she allowed on the game.
A base hit by Nicole Hudson in the bottom of the first inning put the Tigers ahead, as she drove in Corrin Genovese, who singled and stole second with one out. In the third, Brianna Corwin led off the inning with a base hit and stole second base to get into scoring position. She’d move to third on a groundout and score on a passed ball, putting Mizzou up 2-0.
Rachel Hay drove in another run for the Tigers in the bottom of the fourth, hitting a one out double to score Angela Randazzo, who started the inning with a walk. In the fifth, Jenna Marston roped a one out double to left field, which was followed by Genovese’s third triple of the fall, scoring Marston on the play. Genovese would touch home on a groundout RBI by Hudson, pushing the Tiger lead to 5-0.
The Tigers added two more in the bottom of the seventh, with Hudson driving in her third run of the game on an RBI triple and scoring on a sacrifice fly by Randazzo. Hudson finished the game going 2-for-4 with three RBI, while Genovese also went 2-for-4, scoring three runs and driving in one. Marston came off the bench and put up a 2-for-3 performance.
In the second game, All-American Chelsea Thomas got the start in Mizzou’s 11-2 victory over Iowa Central. The 2011 USA Softball National Player of the Year finalist tossed four innings for the Tigers, allowing two runs while striking out seven batters. Mizzou scored 11 runs on 13 hits in the game while hitting two home runs.
Iowa Central jumped out ahead with a pair of runs in the first, going up 2-0 on the Tigers. They would hold that lead until the bottom of the third, when Mizzou put five runs on the board. The Tigers put their first six runners on base to push a trio of runners across, putting Missouri ahead 3-2. Mackenzie Sykes led off the frame with a walk, and moved to second when Kayla Kingsley reached on an error. Marston beat out an infield single to load the bases, and a walk to Ashtin Stephens scored the first Missouri run of the game. Ashley Fleming then roped a single into left field, bringing home Kingsley, and Hudson added a base hit to put the Tigers ahead. Kelsea Roth and Rachel H ay hit back-to-back sacrifice flies, putting the Tigers up 5-2.
In the fourth, Sykes led off with a solo home run, her first blast of the fall, to extend the Tiger advantage to 6-2. Missouri would score four times in the sixth, all with two outs, making it 10-2. Marston got the rally going with a double and moved to third on a Genovese base hit. Fleming singled in Marston, and then Hudson blasted a three-run home run, her second home run of the fall, to clear the bases. In the seventh, Taylor Duplechain legged out a one out triple and scored on a ground out by Kingsley for Mizzou’s 11th run of the game.
Hudson led all Tigers in game two with four RBIs, giving her seven on the day and 11 for the fall. Marston went 2-for-3 with two runs, while Fleming added two hits and two runs and also drove in a run. Thomas got the win in her first appearance of the fall, while freshman Bailey Erwin threw 2.2 scoreless innings in relief while striking out four batters without issuing a walk.
Missouri closes out their fall season next Friday with one last doubleheader. The Tigers will host Jefferson County Community College at 3:30 p.m. CT and Lindenwood at approximately 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit mutigers.com.
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