March 3, 2010
WHAT: 2010 Missouri Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament
WHERE: University Field - Columbia, Mo.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (Home team listed first)
Friday, March 5
SEMO vs. UMKC 1:30 p.m. CT
Mizzou vs. SLU 3:30 p.m. CT
SLU vs. SEMO 5:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, March 6
UMKC vs. SLU 11:30 a.m. CT
SEMO vs. Mizzou 1:30 p.m. CT
Missouri State vs. SEMO 3:30 p.m. CT
Mizzou vs. Missouri State 5:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 7
SLU vs. Missouri State 11:30 a.m. CT
UMKC vs. Mizzou 1:30 p.m. CT
Missouri State vs. UMKC 3:30 p.m. CT
-Adults: $7 per day; $15 for All-Session Pass
-Students: $4 per day; $10 for All-Session Pass
-Free for children 2 and under
-$3 from each ticket sold goes to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Mid-Missouri.
-Breast Cancer Tournament T-Shirts will be sold for $15 apiece, with proceeeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Mid-Missouri.
-Special pink items from the tournament will be auctioned online at MUTigers.com following this weekend. Proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Mid-Missouri.
The Missouri Tigers softball team (8-2), coming off a 5-0 weekend at the 2010 NFCA Leadoff Classic, return home for the first time this season. Mizzou will play host to the Missouri Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament, welcoming four other schools from around the state for three days of action. The tournament kicks off a 16-game home stand for the Tigers, who are currently ranked No. 4 in the NFCA/USA Today poll and No. 3 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
FOLLOW THE GAMES
Live stats and score updates will be provided for all Mizzou games at mutigers.com. Mizzou games will be broadcast live on Mizzou All-Access at mutigers.tv and via KCOU 88.1 FM.
SCOUTING THE BILLIKENS
Saint Louis enters the weekend with a 4-5 record on the season. After opening the season with four wins in five games at the Lion Classic in Hammond, La., the Bills dropped four straight at the Cardinal Classic in Louisville, Ky., including two against host and nationally-ranked Louisville. Offensively, senior Brittney Schmidt is currently hitting .400 with a slugging percentage of .760 on the season. She's hit one home run and racked up six doubles so far this year. In the circle, sophomore Hannah Huebbe boasts a 3-2 record in six appearances, posting a 4.44 ERA.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
Missouri has dominated the series with SLU, winning 59 of their 61 meetings. Saint Louis' two lone wins both came in 2002, when they knocked off the Tigers in one game, 5-4, and another, 6-5. Last year, Mizzou beat the Billikens in all three matchups, winning by finals of 12-0, 7-2 and 4-3.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Missouri State comes into the tournament still looking for their first win of the 2010 season. The Bears, currently 0-7, dropped all three at the Stetson Lead-Off Classic in DeLand, Fla., and all four of their games at the Sleep Inn Classic, held in Denton, Texas. They've been outscored 33-14 in their seven games, and have been shutout three times. Junior Ashley Knehans is hitting .368 on the year, racking up seven hits in 19 at-bats. She has one home run, two doubles and three runs scored on the season. Though winless, senior Lauren McGinley has an impressive 2.49 ERA this year. In three starts, McGinley has thrown two complete games.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
The Bears are 13-28 all-time against Mizzou, with their last win coming by a 9-7 final in 2006. Last year, the Tigers won their matchup at this very tournament, 5-0.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
SEMO comes into the tournament as Mizzou's only opponent with a winning record, currently standing at 4-3 on the young season. The Redhawks opened their season with an 11-3 road victory over Jackson State, and then split their two games at the ULM Mardi Gras Tournament, losing to host Louisiana-Monroe, 9-6, but knocking off in-state rival UMKC, 6-4. Two weekends ago, the Hawks went 2-2 at the Blues City Classic in Memphis, Tenn., losing to McNeese State and Appalachian State, but beating IPFW and Indiana State. Sophomore Renee Kertz enters the tournament as the team's top hitter, batting .421 in the team's seven games. She's put together eight hits on the year, including two doubles, while driving home five. On the mound, junior Whitney Dupuis and sophomore Stefanie Barnes have logged two wins apiece this year.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
SEMO has beaten Missouri just three times in their previous 23 matchups, with their most recent win coming by a 5-0 score in 2000. The Redhawks also won in 1998, beating Mizzou 4-0, and even knocked off Missouri's 1994 WCWS squad in the regular season, beating the Tigers 6-5. Last year in this tournament, the Tigers defeated SEMO by an 8-0 final.
SCOUTING THE ROOS
UMKC sits at 2-10 on the year as they enter the tournament. Their only wins this season have come against Maine in the Texas Tech Tournament in Lubbock, Texas, and against Jackson State at the ULM Mardi Gras Tournament. They've been outscored 83-42 in their twelve games. Sophomore Kaelene Curry ignites the offensive attack, as she's posted a .419 batting average this year, while slugging .548 and driving in nine runs. She also gets on base at a .548 clip.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
UMKC has managed to knock off Missouri just once in their 47 meetings. The lone Kangaroo victory came in 1997, when UMKC beat Mizzou, 7-5. At last year's Missouri Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament, the Tigers run-ruled UMKC, 9-0, in six innings.
Following this weekend's tournament, Missouri will host Northern Iowa for a mid-week game next Wednesday, March 10, beginning at 3 p.m. CT. Next weekend, the Tigers will host their second of three consecutive tournaments, welcoming New Mexico, Bradley, San Diego State, Illinois and Illinois State for the Children's Hospital Invitational.
TIGERS KEEP CLIMBING POLLS
Missouri's 5-0 weekend at the 2010 NFCA Leadoff Classic helped move the Tigers up the rankings once again. Entering the weekend at No. 6 in the NFCA/USA Today and tied for No. 4 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, Mizzou now ranks in at No. 4 in the NFCA, and No. 3 in the ESPN.com polls. Washington and Arizona remain 1-2 both rankings, while Florida sits at No. 3, just 14 points ahead of Missouri, in the NFCA rankings.
Junior Rhea Taylor stole her 100th career base at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, which means she's just 10 stolen bases away from tying the all-time record at Missouri. Julie Link's 110 stolen bases are the most in Mizzou history. Link played for the Tigers from 1986-89. Also, with Taylor's next run scored, she'll move into a tie for seventh all-time at Mizzou.
THOMAS BRINGS HOME TWO AWARDS
For her efforts at the Leadoff Classic last weekend, sophomore pitcher Chelsea Thomas was named the NFCA Leadoff Classic Most Valuable Pitcher and the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week. This is the first time this season that a Tiger softball player has won a Big 12 weekly award, and is the second career honor for Thomas. Thomas went 3-0 on the weekend, which includes wins against No. 4 Michigan and No. 18 UL-Lafayette. The right-hander struck out 26 batters and walked just one on her way to a tournament ERA of 2.67. She threw two complete games over the weekend, beating Michigan 2-1 in eight innings and ULL 11-6. She also earned the win against Radford, as she pitched six innings of relief while fanning seven and walking none. Thomas' lone walk of the tournament came in the second inning against Michigan. Since then, she has posted 19 straight walkless innings.
TIGERS GO 5-0 AT LEADOFF CLASSIC
Missouri was just one of two teams to go undefeated at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, posting a 5-0 record. Of the 23 teams, only Mizzou and Illinois finished 5-0, with Illinois claiming the championship due to a greater run-differential. In game one, Missouri rode sophomore Chelsea Thomas to a 2-1 victory over then-No. 4 Michigan in eight innings. Later that night, the Tigers beat Virginia Tech by a 9-4 final. The following day, Mizzou went up against two top-25 teams, beating both with come-from-behind victory. In game one against Louisiana-Lafayette, the Tigers were down 4-3 until junior Rhea Taylor roped a grand slam over the right field wall to put the Tigers ahead for good. Missouri would go on to win 11-6. The following game, Massachusetts held a slim 1-0 lead over MU, but the Tigers scored twice in the bottom of the fifth and senior Jana Hainey shut down the Minutewomen to earn the save. On the final day of action, Mizzou bested an upset-minded Radford squad, 7-6, in 10 innings. Junior Abby Vock connected on her first hit of the season, a walk-off single up the middle to score the winning run for Mizzou.
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