Softball Ready for Big Weekend in California

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Jenna Marston recorded seven hits in the opening weekend

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Jenna Marston recorded seven hits in the opening weekend
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Feb. 22, 2012

No. 11 Mizzou at the Cathedral City Classic

  • Date: Feb. 24-26
  • Location: Palm Springs, Calif.
  • Stadium: Big League Dreams Sports Parks
  • Live Stats: mutigers.com
  • Media Notes

After an up-and-down opening weekend, the No. 11 Missouri softball team heads to Palm Springs, Calif., for the annual Cathedral City Classic. The Tigers are scheduled to go against five teams over the course of three days, beginning with UC Davis at 10:30 p.m. CT on Friday evening. On Saturday, Missouri will take on a pair of top-25 foes in No. 22 Nebraska (4:30 p.m.) and No. 5/7 Washington (7 p.m.). The weekend closes with Northwestern (11 a.m.) and No. 7/5 UCLA  (1 p.m.) on Sunday.

Last weekend, the Tigers opened the season by going 3-1 at the Quality Inn Classic, hosted by Troy. Mizzou defeated Ball State (3-2), Troy (4-0) and ETSU (9-3), but was upset by Eastern Kentucky (6-5, 10 inn.). The loss to the Colonels dropped Mizzou from sixth in the NFCA/USA Today poll and fifth in the USA Softball poll to 11th in both rankings.

SCOUTING UC DAVIS
On the season, the UC Davis Aggies have a record of 4-8. They opened the year hosting the Aggie Stampede I tournament, where they went 1-4, falling twice to Loyola Marymount, once to Nevada and once to Boise State before getting revenge on Nevada in the last game of the weekend. Three days later, the Aggies stunned then-No. 8 Stanford by a 2-1 score at home. At the Campbell Cartier Classic last weekend, UC Davis went 1-4 with a win over UCF. This past Monday, the Aggies pulled out a 3-2 win at Santa Clara.

Offensively, UC Davis is hitting just .223 as a team. Heather Zimmerman leads the squad with a .429 average but has played in just half of the team’s games. Cassandra Ginnis is batting .324 with three doubles on the season and has started 11 contests. Rachel Miller has both of the team’s home runs. In the circle, Jessica Thweatt and Justine Vela split time with Thweatt appearing nine times and Vela appearing 10. Thweatt is 2-4 on the season with a 2.67 ERA, while Vela is 2-3 with a 3.72 ERA. Missouri is 1-0 all-time against UC Davis.

SCOUTING NEBRASKA
Nebraska is currently ranked No. 22 in both polls and enter the tournament on a five-game winning streak after sweeping the Troy Cox Classic last weekend. The Huskers won four of their five games by run-rule, winning over Colorado State, New Mexico State (twice), Weber State and Stephen F. Austin. The weekend prior, Nebraska went 3-3, losing to then-No. 12 Washington, Oregon State and then-No. 23 Georgia Tech. They pulled off victory over then-No. 8 Arizona, Idaho State and Cal State Northridge. Currently 8-3 on the season, the Huskers have won six of their games by run-rule.

The Huskers are hitting an astounding .377 as a team, led by Ashley Guile and Madison Drake, who are each hitting .500. Six of their regulars are hitting over .300 on the season. Tatum Edwards leads the team with three home runs, while Guile and Edwards each have 16 RBI, tops on the squad. The team is getting on base at a .492 clip and is slugging .556 on the season. In the circle, the team has an ERA of 3.26. Ashley Hagemann has appeared nine times, most on the team, and is 4-2 with a 3.67 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 40.0 innings. Edwards also sees time in the circle and is 4-1 on the year with a 1.07 ERA in 19.2 innings pitched. Nebraska is 49-30 against the Tigers all-time. In the last five years, the Tigers and Huskers have split their 10 contests against each other.

SCOUTING WASHINGTON
Washington comes into the tournament red-hot with a 10-0 record and ranked No. 5 by the NFCA and No. 7 by USA Softball. They opened the year at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., and scored victories over Nebraska, San Jose State, Idaho State, Northwestern and Texas State. Last weekend, they picked up wins over UCF, San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Boise State and UC Davis at the Campbell Cartier Classic in San Diego. Four of their wins have come by run-rule and they’ve shut out four opponents on the year.

The Huskies are batting .335 as a team and have a team ERA of 1.91. Kimi Pohlman leads the regular offensive players with a .500 batting average. She’s scored 14 runs on the year and has two extra base hits, 10 RBI and seven stolen bases on the season. Katilin Ingsleby is 5-0 in the circle with a save. She has 23 strikeouts in 33.0 innings. At the plate, she’s batting .444 with a team-best four doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI. Her slugging percentage of .926 is also best on the team. Mizzou is 3-5 all-time against Washington, with two of those wins coming in last season’s Super Regionals, where the Tigers swept the Huskies by scores of 4-0 and 6-3 to advance to the WCWS.

SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN
The Wildcats come into the weekend with a 3-5 record on the season after dropping two of their three contests last weekend in Louisiana. They opened the season in Tempe, Ariz., with a run-rule win over Texas Tech but then dropped three straight to Arizona State, Washington and New Mexico before upsetting Texas A&M to close out the tournament. Last weekend, Northwestern defeated Louisiana Tech but fell to Louisiana-Lafayette and North Carolina at the rain-shortened Mardi Gras invite, hosted by ULL.

Northwestern is hitting .285 as a squad, led by Emily Allard and her .485 batting average. Allard is second on the team with seven RBI and is the only Wildcat with a double-digit hit total. She also leads the team with three doubles. Adrienne Monka and Marisa Bast each have three home runs apiece, tying for tops on the squad. In the circle, Amy Letourneau leads the team with six appearances and five starts but is sporting a 6.76 ERA and has walked 27 batters to 29 strikeouts in 29.0 innings. Sammy Albanese leads the team with a 1.40 ERA in relief. Walks have hurt the Wildcats this year, as they’ve issued 56 in 52.2 innings, contributing to their team ERA of 5.45.

SCOUTING UCLA
Like the Huskies, UCLA comes into the tournament with a perfect 10-0 record. The Bruins went 4-0 to start the year on their home field, defeating Kentucky three times and Pacific once. They then won a midweek game over Loyola Marymount before scoring wins over UC Davis, Boise State, UCF, UC Santa Barbara and San Diego State last weekend in San Diego. They have pitched shutouts in three games this year, while winning via run rule four times.

As a team, the Bruins boast a .389 batting average with six regulars hitting above .380. Katie Schroeder leads the squad with a .538 batting average, while Dani Yudin is hitting .458. Andrea Harrison leads the team in homers with four, while Samantha Camuso has a team-high five doubles. The Bruins are getting on base at a .454 clip and are slugging .631 as a squad. In the circle, the team has a 0.98 combined ERA, led by Jessica Hall, who is 4-0 with a 0.23 earned run mark. Ally Carda is 5-0 with a 1.50 ERA in six starts this season.

FOLLOW LIVE
Live stats will be available for each game, and links can be found at mutigers.com. Additionally, the official Mizzou Softball Twitter account, @MizzouSoftball, will tweet detailed updates throughout each contest.

WHAT’S NEXT
The Tigers finally get to return to the state of Missouri next weekend, as they’ll travel to Kansas City, Mo. for the Missouri Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament. Mizzou will take on the other Division I in-state opponents in Saint Louis, UMKC, Missouri State and SEMO.

FOLLOW MIZZOU SOFTBALL ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK
Tiger softball fans can follow along with the season through many of the program’s social media options. On Twitter, Mizzou fans can follow the team’s official account, @MizzouSoftball. Assistant Coach Pete D’Amour is also on Twitter (@MizzouSBcoach). On Facebook, fans can search “University of Missouri Softball Team” to track down the team’s official page.

SEASON TICKETS ON SALE
Season tickets for the 2012 season of Missouri softball are now on sale, starting as low as $50 for adults and $25 for youth and seniors. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Mizzou Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS (228-7297), in person at the Mizzou Arena Ticket Office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or online.

TIGERS GO 3-1 TO OPEN SEASON IN ALABAMA
Opening the season in Troy, Ala., the Tigers kicked off the 2012 season by going 3-1 at the Quality Inn Classic. The team started the tournament with a doubleheader sweep on Friday evening, defeating Ball State by a 3-2 score and shutting out host Troy, 4-0, later that day. Nottelmann worked around nine walks against Ball State, taking a shutout into the seventh inning. Missouri scored all three runs in the third inning, kicked off by an RBI single by Nicole Hudson. Ashley Fleming added an RBI single of her own, while Hudson would later score on a walk. Against Troy, Chelsea Thomas threw a complete game shutout with five strikeouts to move to 1-0 on the year. Kayla Kingsley put the Tigers ahead with a two run double in the second, while Fleming belted her first homer of the year in the fifth.

The Tigers fell to Eastern Kentucky on Saturday in 10 innings after blowing a late lead. Bailey Erwin struck out eight in her first career start and had a 3-1 lead heading to the seventh, but the Colonels scored three times in the top of the seventh to take the lead. Corrin Genovese hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half to send the game to extras, where the international tiebreaker rule was in effect. Both teams scored in the ninth but the Tigers couldn’t answer the EKU run in the 10th, giving the Colonels the 6-5 win. Fleming hit her second homer in as many games and Jenna Marston added three hits. Thomas took the loss in relief despite not giving up an earned run.

Closing out the tournament with ETSU, the Tigers tallied nine runs and Nottelmann held the Bucs’ bats mostly at bay on a windy Sunday morning. Lindsey Muller hit two home runs for Mizzou, her first multi-homer game of the year, while Marston had her second straight three-hit game while driving in a pair. Nottelmann didn’t issue a walk and struck out eight batters.


 

 

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