March 7, 2012
Mizzou hosts DeMarini Invitational
- Date: March 9-11
- Location: Columbia, Mo.
- Stadium: University Field (500)
- GameTracker: MUTigers.com
- Radio: KTGR 1580 AM/100.5 FM (Friday's Mizzou vs. Alcorn State game)
- Media Notes
Missouri begins their home schedule this weekend, as they host the DeMarini Invitational at University Field, beginning on Friday, March 9. The Tigers will welcome Alcorn State, Boise State and Northern Illinois and will play six games over the three day tournament. Action begins at 12:30 p.m. CT on Friday afternoon with the Tigers and the Alcorn State Lady Braves and will take on Boise State at 3 p.m. later that day. Missouri will face the same two squads at the same time on Saturday, and will then face Northern Illinois at Noon on Sunday before closing out the weekend with Alcorn State at 2 p.m.
Alcorn State and Boise State will face off at 5:30 p.m. CT on Friday. On Saturday, Northern Illinois takes on Alcorn State at 10 a.m. and then the Huskies face Boise State at 5:30 p.m. Boise State and Northern Illinois play again at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Fans who bring three cans of food get into every game that day for free, as the Tigers team up with the Columbia Food Bank to "Strike Out Hunger." The promo will be good for all three days of the tournament.
SCOUTING ALCORN STATE
The Alcorn State Lady Braves currently stand at 6-12 this season and just snapped a seven game losing streak. They dropped contests to Nicholls State, McNeese State, South Alabama, LSU and Belhaven University before splitting a doubleheader with Memphis on Tuesday, winning the second game of the set. Alcorn State was picked to finish fifth in the SWAC in the preseason poll.
SCOUTING BOISE STATE
Boise State is 13-7 this season and won four of their five games at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., last weekend. Their only loss came at the hands of Arizona State, and they knocked off Howard, Creighton, North Dakota State and Wichita State. They have three common opponents with Mizzou so far this year in UC Davis, UCLA and Washington. The Broncos defeated UC Davis, 3-0, but fell to UCLA (4-1) and Washington (7-4). Boise State also played Oklahoma, falling 9-0 in five innings.
The Broncos are led by outfielder Tara Glover, who is batting a team-high .486 on the season with seven extra base hits (three doubles, three triples and a home run) and 10 RBI. Devon Bridges hits .368 and has three long balls on the year, while Christina Capobianco leads the team in home runs with four and has driven in 16 RBI, also best on the team. Overall, the Broncos are hitting .303 as a squad and have a team ERA of 3.28. Aubray Zell has appeared 12 times in the circle and has a 7-5 record with a 1.79 ERA. She has struck out 57 batters and walked only eight in 66.1 innings.
SCOUTING NORTHERN ILLINOIS
The Huskies are currently 5-7 on the season and have split their last four games entering the weekend. They opened the season with three wins in five games at the Southeastern Louisiana Tournament but dropped all three of their contests the following week at the North Texas Tournament. Last weekend, Northern Illinois defeated Wright State and Western Illinois at the Coach B Invitational in Carbondale, Ill., but fell to SIUE and Southern Illinois.
The NIU offense has been impressive this season, hitting .302 as a team with 10 home runs, an on base percentage of .377 and a slugging percentage of .454. Stephanie Tofft and Nicole Gremillion are both hitting over .400, with Tofft coming in at .488 and Gremillion batting .463. Tofft has added three doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. Shelby Miller leads the team with 10 homers and 11 driven in. The Huskies have a team ERA of almost four, coming in at 3.93. Megan Dortch has the most appearances on the team with 11, and has compiled a 5-3 record and a 2.83 ERA with 64 strikeouts to 33 walks in 50.0 innings. Opponents are hitting .220 off her and .279 off the NIU staff as a whole.
STRIKE OUT HUNGER
The Missouri Softball team has teamed up with the Columbia Food Bank, and this weekend the Tigers will work with the Food Bank to "Strike Out Hunger." Mizzou will be collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food items, and fans who donate three items will receive free admission for that day. The promo is good for each day of the DeMarini Invitational, and bins will be available at the entrances to the field.
Live stats will be available for each game of the DeMarini Invitational, and links can be found at mutigers.com. Additionally, the official Mizzou Softball Twitter account, @MizzouSoftball, will tweet updates throughout each contest.
Mizzou makes a quick one game stop in Fayetteville, Ark., next Wednesday. The Tigers will play their first midweek game of the season as they face off against future SEC foe Arkansas. Action begins at 1 p.m. CT. Missouri returns home next weekend and begins conference play against Border Showdown rival Kansas. The three game series begins Friday at 6 p.m. CT.
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.
WALK THIS WAY
Freshman Kelsea Roth has drawn an astounding 12 walks in 13 games this season, putting her on pace to break the Missouri single season record of 43, held by Jen Bruck. If Roth keeps this pace up, she'll draw 49 walks on the year. Last season, Jenna Marston finished two walks shy of tying the record at 41. She had 10 walks through 13 games last season.
EARLEYWINE WINS NO. 250 AT MIZZOU
With Mizzou's 3-1 victory over Missouri State on Sunday, March 4, head coach Ehren Earleywine won his 250th game as head coach of the Missouri Tigers. Earleywine enters this weekend needing just three more wins for his 400th career victory as an NCAA head coach.
TIGERS ROLL AT COACHES VS. CANCER TOURNAMENT
The Missouri softball team returned to their home state for the Missouri Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament on March 3-4, hosted by UMKC in Kansas City, Mo. The Tigers had a perfect weekend, going 4-0 against their in-state foes, outscoring their opponents by a 28-1 margin on the weekend. On Saturday, Mizzou won both games in five innings, defeating Saint Louis by a 10-0 score and SEMO, 9-0. Chelsea Thomas tossed a perfect game against SLU, while Nicole Hudson added four RBI. Against SEMO, Kristin Nottelmann struck out six and allowed only one hit as Lindsey Muller led the offense with two RBI.
On a blustery Sunday, the Tigers scored a 3-1 win over Missouri State and a 6-0 victory over UMKC. Bailey Erwin took a shutout into the seventh against Missouri State and scattered juts five hits. Fleming and Kayla Kingsley each drove in a run. Princess Krebs and Ashtin Stephens had two RBI each against UMKC, as Thomas earned her second win of the weekend after striking out a season-high 13.