March 25, 2002
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Mizzou Travels to Ames for Mid-Week Double Header
The University of Missouri softball team looks to begin a new winning streak on Wednesday when they face the Iowa State Cyclones in double header in Ames, Iowa. Game. First pitch is scheduled for 2 pm and all the Tiger action can be heard on AM 1580 KTGR. Veteran mid-Missouri sports announcer Tex Little will provide play-by play while MU assistant media relations director Sam Fleury will provide color commentary.
The Tigers have won 11 of their last 13 games and are currently in eighth place in the Big 12 with an overall mark of 19-18 and a Big 12 record of 0-2.
Tiger Tid Bits
The Tigers have won 10 of their last 12 contests heading into this week...Mizzou took out UCONN on Tuesday but dropped a two games set this past weekend to Texas...senior Lindsey Jacoby had a solid week hitting .500 (4-for-8) in the Tiger's three games while scoring two runs and driving in three more...She recorded a .750 slugging percentage and six total bases good for a team-best .556 on base percentage...Jacoby has improved her batting average from .250 on March 6th to .292 as of this past weekends games...Sophomore Rachael McGinnis's second inning home run in the Tiger's Sunday contest with Texas was her sixth of the season and eighth of her career...she is now tied with Karen Persinger and Lisa Burke in sixth place for the most home runs hit by a Tiger in a single season in school history...her eight career home runs moves her into the top 10 in career home runs as well tying her for 10th with Julie Link.
A Look at the Cyclones
Iowa State is coming off of a two-game weekend sweep of the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock last Saturday and Sunday. ISU is currently 11-8 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12. They have won their lone home contest of the season, a 3-2 victory over Drake last Wednesday in Ames. The Cyclones have won six of their last eight contests with their only loses coming at the hands of the Tigers two weeks ago in the Missouri Invitational.
ISU is paced offensively by junior utility player Erica Martinez. She has started all 19 games for the Cyclones and is hitting .404 with 21 hits, 19 RBI and 42 total bases while recording an .808 slugging percentage with six home runs. Mizzou currently leads the all-time series with ISU, 34-25 and has won the two meetings with Cyclones this season.
Last Time Against the Cyclones..
Tigers Take Championship of Missouri Invitational
Columbia, Mo. - The University of Missouri softball team had several goals in mind entering Sunday's action of the Missouri Invitational. 1. Win its first tournament of the season. 2. Finish the tournament and the week undefeated. And 3. Extend it's season-best winning streak to nine. Mission accomplished. The Tigers took games from Loyola, 4-2 and Iowa State, 5-3 to finish the weekend at 6-0 and take the championship of the Missouri Classic.
Mizzou jumped out to 2-0 lead on the ISU Cyclones in the second game of the day. Senior Mary McGrane crushed her third double of the season to right center that scored Rachael McGinnis which was followed by a single by fellow senior Lindsey Jacoby that drove in McGrane to give the Tigers the advantage after three innings. However, after cruising through the opening three stanzas, junior Ingrid Werner gave up two runs and three hits in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 2. Kalka would enter in relief of Werner with no outs in the inning and induce shortstop to first base to third base double play and then strike out Molly McNertney to close out the Cyclone threat in the fourth. Mizzou would then reclaim the lead producing three runs in the bottom of the fourth taking a 5-2 lead. Kalka was brilliant the rest of the way going 4.0 innings giving up only one hit, a solo home run by Erica Martinez to lead off the sixth, while striking out four to earn the 5-3 win. She is now 6-5 on the season.
A Minute With Morgan
Sophomore transfer Morgan LeCluyse continues to be one of the Tigers offensive spark plugs this season. Mo has recorded a career-best five home runs, four of which have come over the past 15 games. She has not only provided power for Mizzou during that stretch. LeCluyse has hit .354 raising her batting average to .253.
Morgan, who came to Mizzou from Iowa State after her freshman season, will return to Ames for the first time on Wednesday. LeCluyse has experienced some success against her former mates in 2002. With the Tigers trailing the Cyclones 4-2 in their first match up in the Missouri Invitational two weeks ago, LeCluyse crushed a shot to left field off of the University Field scoreboard (her second scoreboard shot of the week) for a grand slam putting the Tigers up for good, 6-4.
The Leader of the Pack
Sophomore third baseman Rachael McGinnis continues to dominate opposing pitchers this season. In the statistical report released by the Big 12 on Monday, McGinnis leads the Big 12 in four offensive categories including batting average (.454), hits (49), total bases (81) and on base percentage (.528). McGinnis ranks in the top 10 in 10 of the 12 catergories tabulated in the report.
McGinnis's second inning home run in the Tiger's Sunday contest with Texas was her sixth of the season and eighth of her career...she is now tied with Karen Persinger and Lisa Burke in sixth place for the most home runs hit by a Tiger in a single season in school history...her eight career home runs moves her into the top 10 in career home runs as well tying her for 10th with Julie Link.
Last Time Out...
Tiger Come Back Comes Up Short Against Longhorns
Austin, Texas - Sophomore Rachael McGinnis hit her sixth home run of the season on Sunday and the Tigers out hit the University of Texas, 8-6, but it wasn't quite enough as the Longhorns took the contest, 5-4 and the weekend series with the Tigers, 2-0.
Missouri led off the scoring by pushing two runs across the plate in the top of the second inning. The Longhorns quickly answered in the bottom of the third with two runs of their own. Freshman Cat Osterman would render the Tiger bats silent over the next three innings while the Longhorns sprung for two runs in the fifth and a run in the sixth off of Missouri starter Erin Kalka (6.0 inn. 6 hits, 5 ER, 2 SO) to take a 5-2 lead heading into the seventh.
The Tigers rallied in the top of the seventh as they added two runs off three hits, cutting the lead to 5-4. The Tigers had a chance to tie or take the lead, but McGinnis ended the game as freshman pitcher Amy Bradford got her to ground out to third base with the bases loaded to earn the nail-biting save.
McGinnis's second inning home run was her sixth of the season and eighth of her career. She is now tied with Karen Persinger and Lisa Burke in sixth place for the most home runs hit by a Tiger in a single season in school history. Her eight career home runs moves her into the top 10 in career home runs as well tying her for 10th with Julie Link. Seven Tigers recorded hits in the contest including senior Heather Allister, who went 2-for-3 and senior Lindsey Jacoby, who went 1-for-2 with an RBI while scoring a run and drawing a walk.
Streaking Tigers, Hidden Dragon
Not sure what the hidden dragon part of that headline means, but the streaking-Tiger segment is very applicable. Here is a look at some of the rolls the Tigers are currently on.
* Senior Heather Allister has recorded two hits in four of the last seven games and is currently riding a two game hitting streak.
*Senior Lindsey Jacoby is in the midst of a four-game hitting streak and has .500 over the past three games.
*Freshman Heather Kunkel is also rolling on a four-gamer with four runs scored in that stretch.
*After recording a thirteen game hitting streak earlier in the year, Rachael McGinnis has started a new mini-streak recording hits in each of the Tigers last three games
Miller Looks To Join the 700 Club
Head coach Jay Miller is the all-time winningest coach in MU softball history with 548 career wins. Coach Miller was honored last season for his 500th win at Mizzou on Feb. 18 when the Tigers grabbed a 2-1 win over Northern Illinois. Miller now has a very good shot to pass yet another milestone this season. With just three more wins, he will have registered the 700th win of his 20-year career. Coincidentally, when Miller does earn his 700th, it will also be his 550th win at Mizzou.