March 14, 2013
FOLLOW THE ACTION AT OLE MISS
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MIZZOU VS. OLE MISS
Game One: Friday, March 15 - 6 p.m.
Game Two: Saturday, March 16 - 2 p.m.
Game Three: Sunday, March 17 - 1 p.m.
Mizzou Media Notes
No. 8/8 Mizzou (12-2) hits the road for its first-ever Southeastern Conference 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.
Seventh-year head coach Ehren Earleywine recently reached the 300-win mark at Mizzou, turning away Evansville twice in a doubleheader at University Field on Wednesday, March 13. Senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas struck out 10 and surrendered just two hits in the 3-1 win in game one. In game two, senior Nicole Hudson threw her third complete game of the season, striking out six Purple Ace batters in Mizzou's 4-3 victory.
Thomas added to her school-record career strikeout tally by surpassing the 1,000-strikeout mark in the second inning of her performance vs. Evansville. The Pleasantville, Iowa, native finished with 1,007 career punchouts after 10 Purple Ace strikeouts.
Sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth homered for the third time in four games in the Tigers' second win of the day against the Purple Aces. Roth's solo shot was her seventh long ball of the season, matching her 2012 total.
Freshman 2B Emily Crane and Hudson each batted .500 against Evansville. Crane hit 3-for-6, including a double. Hudson rocked her seventh home run, her 2012 total, out of the park to start the scoring in Mizzou's 3-1 win in game one. She batted 2-for-4 overall with three RBI.
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 catcher Jenna Marston's next walk will give her the all-time No. 1 spot in the category. The St. Louis, Mo., has recorded 115 in her career, tying her with former Mizzou standout Jen Bruck (2005-08).
TIGERS VS. REBELS
Mizzou leads Ole Miss in the all-time series, 2-0. The Tigers first and last played the Rebels in 1997, winning an initial game 7-3 before taking a second game by a score of 4-0.
SCOUTING OLE MISS
Ole Miss welcomes Mizzou to Oxford, Miss., with an overall record of 18-12 and 1-2 mark in SEC play. The Rebels have dropped three of their last four, losing the final two games of a three-game series with No. 15 Kentucky by identical scores of 5-2 (March 9-10), as well as a 1-0 result at Tennessee-Martin (March 13). Ole Miss won at Belmont on Tuesday, March 12, by a score of 10-2. The Rebels are 1-6 vs. ranked teams in 2012, dropping close 2-0 games to No. 23 Hawai'i on Feb. 7 and Feb. 9, along with a 10-2 defeat in five innings to No. 16 Washington on Feb. 8. Ole Miss fell to No. 10 LSU, 9-1 (6), on Feb. 13.
Ole Miss is led in batting by junior outfielder RT Cantillo (.405), who has also hit six doubles and five home runs in 2013. Sophomore infielder Allison Brown leads the Rebels in doubles with 13 two-bag hits. She also leads the squad in RBI with 24. Cantillo is second on the team with 22. She is also a base-stealing threat with success on 11-of-15 attempts. The most successful thief on the team is senior outfielder Brittany Broome, who has stolen 24-of-26 bases thus far this season.
The Rebels have used a rotation of three pitchers in 2013, narrowly leaning on junior Carly Hummel (72.2 IP) over junior Shelby Jo Fenter (67.2). Both currently hold ERAs at 3.00 or above, with Fenter directly on the mark and Hummel holding a 3.18 mark. Fenter leads the squad in strikeouts (67), with Hummel trailing close at 62. Senior Erinn Jayjohn could also figure prominently, having pitched 30.0 innings this season with a 3.03 ERA and nine strikeouts. As a unit, the Rebel pitchers (including freshman Madi Osias) have surrendered an opponent batting average of .222.
As a team, Ole Miss has stolen 53-of-68 (.779) bases. The Rebels have committed nine errors in 30 games played. As a team, Ole Miss has hit 12 home runs, while its opponents have hit 19.
Mizzou next 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.
NO WALKS? NO PROBLEM!
Senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas threw a complete game, two-hit performance to lead Mizzou to a 3-1 win over Evansville in game one of its doubleheader on Wednesday, March 13. Thomas additionally issued zero walks in the outing for the 31st time out of 118 career starts. Mizzou holds an outstanding 28-3 record in those starts, holding its opponents to less than one run per game (0.97). Thomas is pitching "zero-walk starts" in roughly one out of every four starts in her career.
Sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth currently leads the Southeastern Conference with a 1.103 slugging percentage in 14 games played. She ranks in a tie for fourth in the conference with seven home runs along with teammate Nicole Hudson. The senior 3B directly follows Roth in the league with her 1.083 slugging percentage, while also ranking third in batting average (.472). Hudson is tied with Roth in home runs at seven and ranks second in the conference with an on-base percentage of .571.
SKY IS THE LIMIT
As mentioned above, both Nicole Hudson and Kelsea Roth have hit seven home runs so far in Mizzou's 2013 campaign. The two big swingers have already matched their 2012 totals in long balls, both recording six apiece. Hudson has blasted 37 four-baggers in her career, while Roth has hit 14.
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.
CAN YOU BE PERFECT?
Senior catcher Jenna Marston batted 2-for-2 in Mizzou's 3-1 win over Evansville in game one of the teams' doubleheader on March 13. The St. Louis native ripped a first inning single and a leadoff double in the third inning before getting hit by a pitch in the fifth inning.
Senior 3B Nicole Hudson ripped off a perfect 3-for-3 performance in the Tigers' 5-4 setback in the initial game of their doubleheader at Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 23). She hit her sixth home run of the season, along with two singles to score two runs and record one RBI.
Senior 1B Lindsey Muller batted a pristine 4-for-4 in Mizzou's 12-1 win over UCSB on Feb. 17, hitting three singles and blasting a two-run home run. The four hits set a new career-high for the Tiger. Muller finished the game with three RBI.