Seventh-year head coach Ehren Earleywine
March 19, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou softball team (15-2, 4-1 SEC) was ranked seventh in the country by both the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 and ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 polls, the organizations announced on Tuesday.
The Tigers swept their first Southeastern Conference away series, winning by scores of 11-0 (5), 6-1 and 12-0 (5) at Ole Miss from March 15-17. Mizzou previously took both games of a doubleheader against Evansville with results of 3-1 and 4-3 on March 13.
Two-time All-American pitcher Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) earned all three starts in the Tigers' three-game Rebel sweep, striking out four batters in each game. Senior 3B Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) and sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.) both hit home runs against the Rebels, as well as against the Purple Aces. Thomas struck out 10 batters in the initial game of the Evansville doubleheader.
The Tigers reside in the USA Today/NFCA poll's top 10 with four fellow SEC schools: No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 6 Alabama and No. 8 Tennessee and. The entire poll can be viewed here.
Mizzou is joined in the top 10 of the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll by the same four league opponents: No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Texas A&M and No. 8 Tennessee. The entire poll can be viewed here.
The Tigers return to action by hosting Georgia Tech at University Field for a three-game series beginning Saturday, March 23 with a doubleheader (2 p.m. & 4 p.m.) and concluding Sunday with a noon start. Live coverage will be provided by Mizzou Network to its subscribers at mizzounetwork.com.
Fans are encouraged to check MUTigers.com and the softball team's social media outlets, @MizzouSoftball and Facebook, for updates and information throughout the season.
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