March 30, 2010
WHO: No. 4 Missouri vs. Saint Louis
WHEN: Wednesday, March 31 - 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. CT
WHERE: University Field - Columbia, Mo.
LIVE STATS: Game One | Game Two
Following a split in their conference-opening weekend, the No. 4 Missouri Tigers return home for a six-game homestand, beginning with a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday against Saint Louis. This homestand marks the longest remaining stand of the season, as only five home games remain after next Wednesday.
SCOUTING THE BILLIKENS
Saint Louis returns to University Field for the second time this season as they boast a 16-10 record. The Billikens played in the Missouri Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament back in early March, going 3-1 on the weekend. The Bills are currently 4-0 in the Atlantic-10 Conference, and have won six of their last seven overall. SLU is coached by John Conway, now in his fourth year with the Bills, and assisted by Glenn Knaebel and Angie Danis.
Juniors Kristin Nicoletti and Caitlin Trevillyan lead the SLU offense. Nicoletti has started all 26 games, wihle Trevillyan has started 21 and appeared in 25. Nicoletti leads the team with 31 hits and a .360 batting average, while scoring 18 times, hitting five doubles, two home runs and driving in 12. She leads all Bills with 19 stolen bases. Trevillyan comes into the games with a .340 batting average, and leads the team with four home runs and a .485 on-base percentage, while ranking second on the squad with a .604 slugging percentage.
The circle is usually occupied by two sophomores, as Hannah Huebbe and Kelcie Matesa have combined to start 25 of the team’s 26 games. In 14 starts, Huebbe has compiled a team-best 8-3 record with an ERA of 2.16. She’s thrown five complete games this season. Matesa has put together an 8-5 record with an ERA of 2.28 in 11 starts and 19 appearances. She’s thrown seven complete games, and has struck out 92 batters while walking just 37 in 79.2 innings pitched.
MIZZOU VS. SAINT LOUIS
The two in-state schools have met up 62 times in the past, with the Tigers claiming wins in 60 of those matchups. Missouri has recorded victories in the last 12 meetings, which includes a 6-0 win earlier this season at the Missouri Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament. Sophomore Chelsea Thomas threw her third career no-hitter and struck out nine, while junior Marla Schweisberger powered the offense with a three-run home run in the first inning.
MIZZOU VS. THE A-10
Missouri has played four of the 14 teams in the Atlantic-10 Conference, amassing a 68-4 record all-time against the four programs. As mentioned earlier, the Tigers are 60-2 all time against Saint Louis, but have also put together records of 5-0 against Massachusetts, 1-1 against Rhode Island and 2-1 against Temple.
FOLLOW THE GAMES
Live stats will be provided for both games, and can be accessed through mutigers.com. Mizzou All-Access will stream live video of the doubleheader at mutigers.tv.
Big 12 play will continue this weekend, as the Tigers will play their first home conference games of the season. Missouri will welcome No. 15 Oklahoma State to University Field for two games, beginning on Friday. First pitch for Friday’s game is set for 5:30 p.m. CT, while the series will conclude with a 1:00 p.m. CT game on Saturday. An Easter egg hunt for children 10 and under will take place on University Field following the conclusion of Saturday’s game.
HOME DOUBLEHEADER ADDED
The Missouri softball team has added two non-conference games to their 2010 regular season schedule, as announced Tuesday.
The Tigers will welcome in-state opponent Central Methodist to University Field on Thursday, April 22 for a double header. Game one will begin at 2 p.m. CT, with game two starting at approximately 4 p.m. CT.
TAYLOR TIES STOLEN BASE RECORD
With her stolen base in the fourth inning against Northwestern on Sunday, March 21, junior Rhea Taylor now sits in a tie with Julie Link for most stolen bases in a career at Mizzou with 110. With her next stolen base, Taylor will move into first place all by herself, breaking Link’s record which has stood for 21 years.
After going 12-for-20 (.600) at the plate last week with seven runs scored, Taylor has now moved up the all-time list in several other categories as well. Already the leader in career batting average at Missouri, Taylor increased her lead over second place teammate Marla Schweisberger as her career batting average has risen to .411. She also moved up one spot to sixth all-time in runs scored, now with 140. She’s just 10 shy of entering the top three, and only 25 runs short of breaking the school record. Her 12 hits last week moved her into eighth-place all-time in the hits category with 188, and her career slugging percentage, now at .530, puts her at seventh place all-time in Missouri softball history.
TIGERS SPLIT BIG 12 OPENER
In the conference opener against No. 12 Oklahoma, Missouri earned a hard-fought split on the road, rallying in game one for an 11-5 win before dropping the finale by a 9-0 score.
In game one, the Sooners jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings of play, getting three unearned runs in the bottom of the second and tacking on two more with a two-run home run in the bottom of the third to take the early lead.
Mizzou’s offense came alive in the fourth, though, highlighted by junior Catherine Lee’s two-out, three-run blast to dead center field. With two outs in the inning, junior Marla Schweisberger kick-started the rally with a single through the left side, and freshman Nicole Hudson drew a walk. With a 1-1 count, Lee send a ball through the swirling 27 mile per hour winds to cut the Sooner lead to 5-3. In the sixth, the wheels came off the wagon for the Sooners, as the Tigers collected eight runs on five hits and three errors in the top half of the inning.
Freshman Lindsay Muller pitched two innings of relief, allowing just one hit while facing the minimum, as she picked up her third win of the season. Lee and Fleming both finished the day going 1-for-3 at the plate with a home run and three batted in. Michaele Vock went 2-for-2, scoring once and driving home an RBI.
Missouri managed just one hit in the finale on Sunday. Sophomore Kristin Nottelmann took the loss for Missouri, falling to 6-3 on the season.
TIGERS SIT AT NO. 4 AFTER OPENING BIG 12 PLAY
Following a 1-1 weekend on the road against conference foe Oklahoma, the Tigers slipped one spot in the NFCA/USA Today rankings, falling from No. 3 to No. 4. This marks the fifth straight week that Missouri has been in the top five. Washington once again held on to the No. 1 spot, getting 29 of the 30 first place votes. Michigan stayed firm at No. 2, while Arizona jumped Mizzou to take over the third spot. UCLA rounded out the top five.
In the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, Mizzou held tight at No. 4 for the second consecutive week, fending off No. 5 UCLA by just six points. Washington, who has been No. 1 since June 9, 2009, once again received all 25 first place votes. Arizona sits at No. 2, with Michigan following them. BYU was the only team to enter the rankings this week, coming in at No. 25, while Louisville dropped out.