March 12, 2012
Mizzou will play their first midweek game this Wednesday, March 14, against future SEC foe Arkansas. Action in Fayetteville will get underway at 3 p.m. CT. Missouri enters the contest having won 11 straight games after going 6-0 at the DeMarini Invitational to open their home schedule this past weekend. The Tigers won all six of their games by run-rule, defeating Alcorn State three times, Boise State twice and Northern Illinois once.
Arkansas is currently 17-6 on the year and 10-2 on their home turf, but have lost four of their last five games. Last weekend, South Carolina took two of three over the Razorbacks, while Ole Miss swept a doubleheader earlier in the week. Prior to that, Arkansas had won 11 straight games.
The Razorbacks are hitting .286 as a team, led by freshman Devon Wallace and sophomore Clarisa Navarro, who are hitting .387 and .363, respectively. Wallace is tied with two others for the team lead in homers with five, while Navarro has four of her own. Overall, Arkansas has hit 27 bombs this season. Wallace (19) and Navarro (16) also lead the team in RBI. In the circle, the Razorbacks have a team ERA of 3.16. Chelsea Cohen is the team's ace, appearing in 17 games this year. She has an ERA of 2.58 and a record of 10-5, striking out 51 batters and walking 20 in 92.1 innings.
Missouri is 5-2 all-time against Arkansas and has won four straight against the Razorbacks. Mizzou defeated Arkansas by a 12-0 score in five innings last season in Columbia.
Live stats will be available at arkansasrazorbacks.com, as will live video, which will be available for a subscription fee. Updates will also be tweeted from the official Mizzou Softball Twitter account (@MizzouSoftball).
Missouri returns home this 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 go to facebook.com/MizzouSoftball to track down the team's official page.
WALK THIS WAY
Freshman Kelsea Roth has drawn an astounding 17 walks in 19 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 47 walks on the year. Last season, Jenna Marston finished two walks shy of tying the record at 41. She had 14 walks through 19 games last season.
COACH EARLEYWINE PICKS UP CAREER WIN NO. 400
The Mizzou win over Alcorn State on Saturday marked the 400th career victory for head coach Ehren Earleywine. Earleywine entered the 2012 as the ninth winningest coach amongst all active coaches with a .747 career winning percentage.
MIZZOU GOES 6-0 IN HOME OPENING WEEKEND
Missouri opened their season at home with the DeMarini Invitational, playing host to Alcorn State, Boise State and Northern Illinois. The Tigers went 6-0 on the weekend, rolling to run-rule victories in all six contests. Missouri outscored their opponents by a 56-2 margin and tossed shutouts in four of the games. On Friday, the Tigers knocked off Alcorn State, 14-1, and Boise State, 8-0, in five innings. Missouri defeated the same two opponents on Saturday, defeating the Lady Braves by a 9-1 score and the Broncos, 8-0, for the second straight day. On Sunday, Mizzou toppled Alcorn State for the third time in as many days, winning 9-0 inside the Devine Pavilion before returning to University Field and defeating Northern Illinois by a 8-0 score. The Tigers have now won 11 straight games and have won their last 11 at home.