March 22, 2012
No. 10 Mizzou at No. 19 Texas A&M
The No. 10 Missouri softball team resumes Big 12 action this weekend with a top-20 matchup in College Station, Texas. The Tigers and the No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies will face off in a three game series, beginning Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. CT. Saturday's game will begin at 3 p.m., with Sunday's finale kicking off at Noon. Missouri swept a midweek doubleheader against Iowa on Wednesday.
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
Texas A&M comes into their first conference series of the year ranked No. 19 in the nation by both the USA Softball and NFCA polls. The Aggies are 20-8 on the year and have won eight of their last nine games. Last weekend in Honolulu, the Aggies went 4-1, with their lone loss come to then-No. 1 California. The Tigers and Aggies have shared two opponents this year in Washington (Mizzou won 2-0; A&M lost 8-2) and Nebraska (Mizzou lost 6-4; A&M won 4-1).
The Aggies are hitting .291 as a squad and have 25 homers in 28 games. Emily Albus leads the team with a .478 batting average, while Cassie Tysarcyzk has a .368 average with a double, two triples and three home runs. Mel Dumezich leads the team with eight bombs and 29 RBI to go with her .301 average. Meagan May has five homers and 17 RBI and has walked 30 times in 28 games.
In the circle, Dumezich has appeared in 22 of the team's 28 contests. She's 12-5 on the season with a 2.19 ERA. In 118.1 innings pitched she has 144 strikeouts to 55 walks. Lindsey Sisk has 11 appearances this season and is 5-3 with a 2.79 ERA.
Missouri swept the Aggies in a two game series last year, winning 6-3 and 3-0 in Columbia. Two years ago, the team's split in College Station. The Tigers won game one by a 14-1 final but dropped the second game, 6-5.
Aggieathletics.com will feature free live stats and live video for subscribers. Updates will also be tweeted from the official Mizzou Softball Twitter account (@MizzouSoftball).
Mizzou hosts five games at home next week, kicking off on March 28 with a doubleheader against Evansville, beginning at 3 p.m. CT. Next weekend, the Tigers will host the Baylor Bears in a three-game series.
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 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.
THE FRIENDLY CONFINES OF UNIVERSITY FIELD
Just as it was last year, University Field has been an extremely friendly place to play for the Tigers in 2012. Missouri is a perfect 11-0 on the season and has won 16 in a row on their home turf dating back to last year. This season, Mizzou has won nine of their 11 home games by run-rule, and have only allowed two runs (one earned) in those contests. They are hitting .384 at home with 12 homers and 74 RBI, while the pitching staff has an incredible 0.11 ERA in home games.
CAN'T SCORE ON CHELSEA
After giving up five earned runs on Feb. 26 against UCLA (the only earned runs she's allowed all year), Chelsea Thomas has shut the door on opposing offenses, as she hasn't allowed a single run (earned or unearned) in her last 45.1 innings pitched. After the UCLA game, her ERA stood at 1.54 for the season. As of now, it's down to 0.54 this season. Last year, Thomas had a stretch of 43.0 consecutive innings without allowing a run.
OR ANYONE ELSE, FOR THAT MATTER
Thomas isn't the only one dominating in the circle for the Tigers. Both Kristin Nottelmann and Bailey Erwin have been on top of their game as well. The Tiger pitching staff hasn't allowed a run in their last 54.1 innings. On top of that, they've only surrendered three runs since March 3rd. In that time frame, they've thrown shutouts in 13 of their 16 games and haven't given up more than one run in any game.
SHORT AND SWEET
The Tigers have made a habit this season of quickly taking care of business. Of their 22 wins on the year, 12 have coming by run-rule, ending the game in the fifth or sixth inning. At the DeMarini Invitational in early March, the Tigers won all six of their games by run-rule. Last weekend, two of their wins over Kansas were by run-rule as well. The Tigers run-ruled Iowa in game one of a doubleheader on Wednesday.
TIGERS TOPPLE HAWKEYES IN DOUBLEHEADER
The No. 10 Missouri softball team saw their winning streak extend to 17 games with a doubleheader sweep of the Iowa Hawkeyes on Wednesday afternoon. Ashley Fleming's sixth home run of the season got the Tigers on the board in game one, as she delivered a two-run shot to right-center field in the bottom of the third inning. The homer scored Corrin Genovese, who singled with one out ahead of Fleming. Mizzou would maintain a 2-0 lead until the fifth inning, where they pushed across six runs on five hits to force the run-rule. Thomas was brilliant again, throwing a one hit shutout with seven strikeouts and no walks.
In the second game, Missouri scored their first run of the game with a two-base sacrifice fly by Kingsley in the bottom of the third inning. Mizzou loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth but could only push one run across. Hudson, Angela Randazzo and Princess Krebs all singled to start the inning to put three runners aboard. A fielding error on a grounder back to the pitcher allowed Hudson to come in and score the unearned run. Those two runs would be all that Nottelmann would need, as she scattered five hits and struck out eight in seven innings of work.
Against Arkansas on March 14, Chelsea Thomas became just the fifth Tiger in program history to record 700 strikeouts in a career. The last person to reach the milestone was Erin Kalka in 2005. Thomas is currently 5th all-time on the career strikeouts leaderboard.