March 1, 2012
Mizzou at Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament
- Date: March 2-4
- Location: Kansas City, Mo.
- Stadium: Missouri 3&2 Field (9600 Blue River Rd)
- Live Stats: UMKCRoos.com
- Media Notes
The No. 13 Tigers return to their home state of Missouri this weekend, as they'll travel to Kansas City for the 2012 Missouri Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament, hosted by UMKC. Action begins between Mizzou and the Missouri State Bears (6-2) at 7 p.m. CT on Friday evening. The Tigers will play two on Saturday, facing Saint Louis (10-6) at 11 a.m. and SEMO (4-7) at 3 p.m. The weekend closes with a 3 p.m matchup against UMKC (6-4) on Sunday afternoon.
Missouri went 3-2 last weekend at the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The Tigers opened with an 8-0 run-rule win over UC Davis in five innings on Friday night. They split a pair of games on each of the next two days, falling to No. 22 Nebraska, 6-4, before defeating No. 5 Washington that night by a 2-0 final. On Sunday, Mizzou fell 7-1 to Northwestern but came back to beat No. 7 UCLA, 7-5.
SCOUTING MISSOURI STATE
Missouri State enters the weekend with a 6-2 record, having defeated Sam Houston State and South Dakota State while losing to North Texas in the first tournament of the season. Last weekend, the ywent 4-1 at the Blues City Classic with wins against Miami (Ohio), SEMO, Western Illinois and Memphis. Their lone loss came to Northern Iowa.
The Bears are 6-2 on the year despite hitting just .199 as a squad. Ashley Brentz leads the team with a .435 average and five RBI. In the circle, the Bears have a team ERA of 1.78, led by Natalie Rose. Rose is 3-0 on the year with just a 0.69 ERA. She has an incredible K:BB ratio of 35:1 and opponents are hitting just .183 off her. The Bears pitching staff has walked just nine batters all season long. Mizzou is 30-13 all-time against the Bears and have won the past three contests by a combined score of 24-0.
SCOUTING SAINT LOUIS
The Billikens currently stand at 10-6 on the season. After dropping their first two games of the season at the Jacksonville University Tournament to Buffalo and Virginia Tech, SLU picked up four straight wins over UNC Greensboro, Buffalo and Jacksonville twice to close the weekend. They've gone 3-2 at their most two recent tournaments, picking up wins over Florida Gulf Coast, Binghamton, Delaware, Campbell, Robert Morris and Kennesaw State while falling to UT Martin, Boston College, Indiana and Central Arkansas.
Saint Louis is hitting .253 as a squad and has a team ERA of 2.61. Jessica Buschjost leads the squad with a .339 average and 11 runs scored. Erin Harcar (.318) and Rachel Faletto (.308) are also hitting over .300. Alyson Brand has three homers and 10 RBI, both tops on the team. The Billikens have three starters who have all appeared nine times. Kelcie Matesa leads the team with a 1.67 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 42.0 innings. Hannah Huebbe is 5-1 on the year. Missouri is 64-2 all-time against SLU and have won 17 straight.
SEMO has a record of 4-7 on the year and have lost five straight. They won four of five games at the Mardi Gras Classic three weeks ago, defeating Grambling State twice, Louisiana-Monroe and Northwestern State. Last weekend they dropped contests to Miami (Ohio), Western Illinois, Northern Iowa, Missouri State and Memphis.
The Redhawks are hitting .257 this year, led by Evan Sallis with a .310 average and Xia Wilson, who is hitting .304. Five SEMO hitters have homered, while Renee Kertz leads the team with 11 RBI. SEMO has struggled in the circle, as the team ERA stands at 5.66. Shea Cothren is 1-3 on the year while Alora Marble is 2-3. Mizzou holds a 22-3 edge all-time against SEMO.
The UMKC Roos enter the weekend having won four in a row, sweeping the Evansville Tournament last weekend with two victories over Butler and a win over both Evansville and Detroit. For the year, they sit at 6-4 overall. They opened the year in Hawaii and went 2-4, knocking off Seattle twice but falling twice to DePaul and twice to Hawaii.
Kaelene Curry and Emily Ott lead an offense that's hitting .240 as a team. Curry is batting .393 with six runs and a double, while Ott is hitting .370 with a double and seven RBI. The Roos have just one homer as a team, hit by Chelsea Hartwig. They have a 2.91 team ERA, led by Cinda Ramos who is 5-1 in six appearances with a 2.22 ERA and 16 strikeouts. Deanna Friese is 1-3 on the season with a 2.81 ERA, 46 strikeouts and 11 walks in 37.1 innings pitched. Mizzou has won 48 of the 49 games against UMKC.
Live stats will be available for each game, and links can be found at umkckangaroos.com. Additionally, the official Mizzou Softball Twitter account, @MizzouSoftball, will tweet periodic updates throughout each contest.
Missouri kicks off their home schedule next weekend with the DeMarini Invitational, running from March 9-11. The Tigers will play six games against Alcorn State, Boise State and Northern Illinois over the three-day event.
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.
SOFTBALL SWEEPS BIG 12 WEEKLY AWARDS
Missouri freshman first baseman Kelsea Roth and redshirt junior pitcher Chelsea Thomas were named Big 12 Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, as announced Tuesday, Feb. 28. It is the first honor for Roth and the ninth time that Thomas has been recognized in her career.
Roth went 6-for-11 (.545) with a homer, two doubles and six RBI. Her first career collegiate hit was an opposite field homer against UC Davis. Playing in her home state, Roth also drew six walks and posted a .706 OBP and a 1.000 slugging percentage. Thomas won two of the team's three games at the tournament, beating a pair of top-10 foes in No. 5 Washington and No. 7 UCLA. On Saturday night, Thomas threw her eighth career no-hitter, facing just one Huskie batter over the minimum as the lone Washington base runner reached on an error. She struck out eight batters and didn't issue a single walk in Mizzou's 2-0 victory. Against the Bruins, Thomas worked past a first inning three run homer, as the Tigers would pull out a 7-5 win in six innings. She struck out seven batters and scattered eight hits to improve to 3-1 on the season.
MISSOURI WINS THREE AT CATHEDRAL CITY CLASSIC
In their second tournament of the season, Missouri posted a 3-2 record at the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., hosted by Oregon State University. The team opened the weekend with an 8-0 win over UC Davis in five innings. Kelsea Roth and Angela Randazzo picked up their first career home runs, while Bailey Erwin scored her first career victory, striking out one in the shutout.
On Saturday, Mizzou fell to No. 22 Nebraska to start the day, as the defense committed four errors behind pitcher Kristin Nottelmann. Corrin Genovese hit an inside-the-park homer to score two runs early on, and Kelsea Roth drove in a pair as the Tigers tried to rally in the seventh. In the nightcap, Chelsea Thomas threw her eighth career no-hitter, stifling No. 5 Washington for seven innings, recording eight strikeouts. The only blemish on Thomas' record was an E4 in the fourth inning, as she faced just one over the minimum.
The Tigers split again on the final day of action, as Northwestern scored seven runs - all in the first three innings - to upset Mizzou by a 7-1 score. Afterwards, Mizzou came from behind to defeat No. 7 UCLA, 7-5, in six innings. UCLA jumped ahead 3-0 in the first but Missouri rallied back as Thomas got her second win of the weekend. Nicole Hudson drove in three runs in the game.