March 12, 2013
FOLLOW THE ACTION VS. EVANSVILLE AT UNIVERSITY FIELD
Mizzou's doubleheader with Evansville will be broadcast live on the Mizzou Network to its subscribers at mizzounetwork.com. Live stats for each game will be available at mutigers.com. Updates will also be posted to the official Twitter of Mizzou Softball, @MizzouSoftball. KTGR (100.5 FM, 103.1 FM & 1580 AM) will broadcast the initial game of the doubleheader.
NO. 8 TIGERS VS. PURPLE ACES
Game One: Wednesday, March 13 - 1 p.m.
Game Two: Wednesday, March 13 - 3 p.m.
Mizzou Media Notes
No. 8/8 Mizzou (10-2) continues at University Field by hosting Evansville (6-9) for a mid-week doubleheader on Wednesday, March 13. Scheduled starts are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Seventh-year head coach Ehren Earleywine led Mizzou to a sweep of last season's doubleheader with Evansville (March 28, 2012) with scores of 4-2 and 7-0. The Tigers hold a clean 15-0 all-time record against the Purple Aces.
The Tigers split their first-ever Southeastern Conference games, defeating No. 7/5 Texas A&M by a score of 2-0 at University Field on Friday, March 8 by way of a walk-off, two-run home run from sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth in the bottom of the seventh inning. Mizzou yielded the second game of the series (Saturday, March 9) to the visitors, 11-3, in six innings, with Roth homering again in the affair. The series finale on Sunday, March 10, was cancelled due to rain and poor field conditions.
The Top-10 matchup between the No. 5 Tigers and No. 7 Aggies was the first at University Field since 2011. No. 8 Mizzou hosted No. 3 Texas for a two-game series from May 7-8, 2011.
Two-time All-American Chelsea Thomas pitched a gem in Mizzou's Friday, March 8, contest vs. No. 7/5 Texas A&M, throwing a complete game (7.0) one-hitter, striking out 11 Aggies and allowing just two walks in the 2-0 win. The complete game shutout performance was Thomas' second of 2013.
Senior 3B Nicole Hudson and freshman 2B Emily Crane showed off their bats in Mizzou's doubleheader at Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 23). Both Tigers hit home runs in the first game which Mizzou dropped to the Titans, 5-4. Crane's effort was the first home run of her collegiate career, while Hudson's long ball was the sixth of the season and 36th of her career. Hudson combined both games into a 5-for-7 hitting effort, while Crane batted 4-for-6. Their hot hitting helped pace Missouri to a 7-0 win in the second contest of the doubleheader. Hudson also pitched the entire second game for the Tigers, allowing just two hits and striking out four Titan batters.
Earleywine brings his Mizzou squad into Wednesday's doubleheader with 298 victories in his seven seasons leading the Tigers. Additionally, Thomas needs three strikeouts to eclipse 1,000 punchouts for her decorated career in Columbia. Senior catcher Jenna Marston's next walk will give her the all-time No. 1 spot in the category.
TIGERS VS. PURPLE ACES
Mizzou leads Evansville in the all-time series, 15-0. The Tigers first played the Purple Aces in 1996, winning 3-0. Mizzou has played Evansville every season since 2009, winning seven games by a combined score of 47-7.
Last season, No. 12 Mizzou won two over Evansville by scores of 4-2 and 7-0 on March 28, 2012. Senior Kristin Nottelmann pitched the complete game (7.0) for the 4-2 win, allowing four hits, two runs and one earned run while striking out four. A junior, Thomas was only needed for 4.1 innings of work in the 7-0 win, striking out 11 batters and allowing just one hit. Senior Ashley Fleming and then-junior Rachel Hay hit home runs in the second contest, along with then-freshman Kelsea Roth, who's long shot was of the three-run variety.
Evansville enters its doubleheader at Mizzou with a 6-9 overall record. The Purple Aces started the 2013 season losing six straight, but have rebounded to win six of their last nine contests. UE got into the win column with a 5-0 decision at Jackson State (Feb. 23) before splitting a doubleheader vs. Bowling Green on Friday, March 8. The Purple Aces swept the UE Tournament on Saturday, March 9, take two apiece from Southeast Missouri and Murray State.
Evansville is currently led in batting average by sophomore outfielder Kayla Fortner (.405), who is second on the squad with 14 RBI. Senior pitcher Kendall Kautz has driven in the most runs for the Purple Aces with 15 RBI. Both Fortner and Kautz lead the team with two home runs. Senior outfielder Tamara Robey is Evansville's only other batter hitting for average with a .354 mark. Her 17 hits currently leads the team.
Evansville has pitched five different Purple Aces in 2013, with senior Sarah Patterson (4-3) receiving the most work with eight starts. In 39.0 innings pitched, she's built a 2.87 ERA, allowed 36 hits and issued 41 strikeouts. Junior Taylor Perry follows Patterson with 22.2 innings pitched, compiling a 3.09 ERA with 23 hits allowed and 19 strikeouts. The overall pitching staff has allowed an opponent batting average of .286.
The Purple Aces have recorded 17 errors in 15 games thus far in the season, with their opponents committing Additionally, UE has allowed its opponents to hit at a .422 slugging percentage.
The Tigers hit the road for their first-ever SEC away games, visiting Ole Miss for a three-game series from Friday, March 15 - Sunday, March 17 at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. Mizzou and the Rebels begin with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday before a 2 p.m. start on Saturday. The series will close with a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.
Mizzou then returns to The Show-Me State for a neutral-site doubleheader with Big Ten foe Illinois in St. Louis, hosted by Lindenwood. The games are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through Lindenwood's athletics ticket office by calling (636) 949-4953.
Sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth currently leads the Southeastern Conference with a 1.125 slugging percentage in 12 games played. She ranks in a tie for seventh in the conference with six home runs along with teammate Nicole Hudson. The senior 3B stands at third in the league with her 1.063 slugging percentage, while also ranking third in batting average (.469). Hudson ranked second in the league with an on-base percentage of .581.
ANOTHER STRONG PERFORMANCE FOR THOMAS
Senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas notched a one-hitter performance in Mizzou's 2-0 win over No. 7 Texas A&M on Friday, March 8. The Pleasantville, Iowa, native struck out 11 batters in the win, her second complete-game shutout of the season. The number of games that Thomas has struck out 10+ batters has risen to 42 games out of 130 career appearances, essentially once every three times Thomas steps into the circle.
MARSTON AND SYKES DIAL IN TO DUMEZICH
Senior catcher Jenna Marston and junior utility player Mackenzie Sykes both batted 3-for-6 (.500) against standout Texas A&M pitcher Mel Dumezich in the rain-shortened, two-game series against the Aggies (March 8-9). Marston's two-hit performance in the second game of the series was her second of the series, with her other two-hit outing coming in the recent 7-0 win at Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 23). Sykes emerged with her three hits over two contests after only tallying four hits in her previous seven appearances in 2013. One such hit was her second home run of the season, a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning in Texas A&M's 11-3 result.