April 2, 2013
FOLLOW THE ACTION VS. MISSOURI STATE
Mizzou's doubleheader at Missouri State will have continual updates to the official Twitter of Mizzou Softball, @MizzouSoftball. Live statistics will be available at mutigers.com. KBFL 1060 AM of Springfield, Mo., will have live radio coverage. Video coverage will be provided at MissouriStateBears.com.
TIGERS VS. BEARS
Game One: Wednesday, April 3 - 5 p.m.
Game Two: Wednesday, April 3 - 7 p.m.
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No. 7/6 Mizzou (20-2, 7-1 SEC) hits the road for a mid-week doubleheader at Missouri State on Wednesday, April 3. The Tigers and Bears are scheduled to play a 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Killian Stadium in Springfield, Mo. Mizzou has won four-straight against its intrastate opponent, with all four victories under seventh-year head coach Ehren Earleywine.
Mizzou completed its sweep of South Carolina with two-straight, five-inning run-rule wins in its Saturday, March 30, doubleheader, winning by scores of 12-3 and 8-0 at University Field. The Tigers previously scored a six-inning, 10-2 victory over the Gamecocks on Friday, March 29, before a national television audience on Fox Sports South. The three wins improved the Tigers' winning streak to 10 games dating back to a doubleheader sweep vs. Evansville on March 13.
Sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo put on a show for the home crowd, hitting three home runs during the South Carolina doubleheader on Saturday, March 29. She smoked three-run and two-run long balls in the initial 12-3 win before hitting a second two-run home run in the second game. Randazzo also hit a two-run double later in the second win to total nine RBI for the day. Randazzo hit 5-for-7 in the series for a stellar .714 batting average and posted an incredible slugging percentage of 2.143.
Sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth and sophomore SS Corrin Genovese also blasted long balls in the USC series, both for multiple runs. Roth's grand slam in the Friday, March 29, win over the Gamecocks was her second four-run blast of the season and third overall for Mizzou in 2013. The long ball improved her season total to nine. Genovese's three-run bomb to left field in game one of the Saturday, March 30, doubleheader was her second of the season.
Two-time All-American pitcher Chelsea Thomas struck out 1.54 batters per inning in three starts and wins in the South Carolina series, improving to 12-1. She allowed zero runs and only surrendered five hits and six walks in the three games. Thomas' stingy outings dropped her season ERA to 0.63 and opposing batting average to .123, both of which top the conference in overall games.
Chelsea Thomas' next win will give her 100 for her Mizzou career, becoming just the second Tiger to reach the 100-win plateau. Teresa Wilson holds the program record with 102 victories (1980-83).
Senior 3B Nicole Hudson and catcher Jenna Marston are in a tight race to be Mizzou's all-time walks leader by season's end. Hudson currently leads with 123 walks after recording 24 so far in 2013, while Marston follows at 120 with 11 this season. Marston originally surpassed former Tiger standout Jen Bruck's former No. 1 mark of 115 (2005-08) with her 116th walk in the fifth inning of Mizzou's 12-0 (5) win at Ole Miss on March 17.
TIGERS VS. BEARS
Mizzou holds a 31-13 all-time series advantage vs. Missouri State, with the Tigers winning four-straight games against MSU. In all-time non-conference series, Mizzou's 31 wins vs. Missouri State are only topped by UMKC (49) and Saint Louis (66). The Tigers first faced the Bears in 1978, dropping a 6-0 result. Last season, No. 13 Mizzou won by a 3-1 score thanks in part to RBI doubles from former standout Ashley Fleming and then-junior Lindsey Muller.
SCOUTING MISSOURI STATE
Missouri State (14-16) enters its doubleheader vs. Mizzou having won four of its last six games, taking two of three games in series at Indiana State (March 22-23) and at Drake (March 29-30). The Bears' first competition against a ranked team will come against Mizzou. The Tigers and Bears have one common opponent thus far in 2013 with Georgia Tech, who MSU fell to by a score of 8-7 on Feb. 9 in Atlanta, Ga. Mizzou won two five-inning, run-rule games over the Yellow Jackets with scores of 16-0 and 8-0 on March 23.
Freshman first baseman Mary Stephens leads the Bears with a .380 batting average through 30 games. She has also compiled a team-leading 35 hits. Senior shortstop Kristin Cutter closely follows Stephens with 34 hits. Cutter is also MSU's primary stealer, going 11-for-12 on steal attempts.
Senior first baseman Stevie Pierce has batted in a team-best 29 RBI thus far in 2013, while also leading the squad in home runs with seven. As a team, MSU has hit 21 home runs, with 40 doubles and two triples.
Sophomore Chelsea Jones leads the Bears' pitching department, having thrown 119.0 innings to compile a 4.06 ERA and 8-9 record. Jones has struck out 47 batters to 37 walks issued. Freshman Jessie Van Es has backed up the position with 64.2 innings pitch, amassing a 4.98 ERA and 4-7 record. The unit, joined by junior Rachel Brisker (11.1 IP), has recorded a 4.20 ERA in 2013, surrendering 240 hits, striking out 78 batters and issuing 61 walks, with opposing batters hitting .296.
Mizzou continues on the road from Friday, April 5-Sunday, April 6 at SEC foe Alabama. The Friday and Saturday games (8 p.m. & 2 p.m. CT) in Tuscaloosa, Ala., will be televised nationally on ESPNU. The Tigers and Crimson Tide finish the series with a Noon start on Sunday.
Mizzou currently holds a No. 8 RPI (ratings percentage index) from the NCAA (April 1). The squad received a No. 5 ranking in the initial NCAA RPI of the 2013 season, released Monday, March 25. Last season, the Tigers began with a No. 15 RPI ranking.
A RANDAZZO-POWERED SWEEP
The three run-rule wins for Mizzou in the South Carolina series (March 29-30) had help from sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo, who batted 5-for-7 with three home runs, one double and nine RBI for the weekend. Her two home runs and five RBI in the five-inning, 12-3 victory over the Gamecocks (March 30) both set new career-bests. Her back-to-back two-hit outings in the doubleheader also matched career-bests.
THIS IS NO PAPER TIGER
Mizzou is on a 10-game winning streak, the longest current streak in the SEC, outscoring its opponents 90-10 in that stretch.
During the past seven wins, Mizzou has:
Outhit its opponents 83-32
Blasted 37 extra-base hits against seven for its foes
Hit 14 home runs to just one opponent long ball
Earned 53 walks, while Tiger opponents have walked 12 times
Struck out 66 opposing batters, while Tigers have struck out only 18 times (Chelsea Thomas fanned 51 of those batters)
Senior 3B Nicole Hudson currently leads the Southeastern Conference in all games with a 1.020 slugging percentage in 22 games played. She ranks in a tie for 10th in the conference with sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth with nine home runs. Roth follows Hudson at No. 2 in the league with her 0.979 slugging percentage. Hudson ranks second in the league in batting average (.431) and on-base percentage (.597). Freshman 2B Emily Crane is tied for ninth in the league with nine doubles.
As a team, Mizzou ranks second in the SEC in slugging percentage with a .598 mark. The Tigers also rank second with a .333 batting average.
THE BALL HAS LEFT THE BUILDING
In Mizzou's five-inning, 16-0 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday, March 23, the Tigers smacked four home runs. The long ball total was the most in a game since Mizzou hit five in the squad's season-opening, five-inning, 11-3 win at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 15.
The previously mentioned 16-run total for Mizzou in its closing victory of the Georgia Tech doubleheader on Saturday, March 23, was a significant amount. The Tigers' 16 runs were the most in a game since Mizzou won 16-0 over Drake on April 2, 2008.
SKY IS THE LIMIT
As previously mentioned, Nicole Hudson and Kelsea Roth have smacked nine home runs thus far in 2013. The two big swingers have already surpassed their 2012 (61 games) totals in long balls, during which both recorded seven apiece. Hudson has blasted 39 four-baggers in her career, while Roth has hit 16.
CLEAR THE BASES
Sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth hit her second grand slam of the season in the first inning of Mizzou's six-inning, 10-2 win over South Carolina (March 29). The blast, her ninth home run of the season, opened the scoring for the game.
In back-to-back games of the Georgia Tech doubleheader (March 23), a Tiger hit a grand slam. In the five-inning, 8-0 win to start the day, sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo hit her grand slam during the six-run second inning. The blast was her third home run of the season. Hay's grand slam, her second home run of the season, came in Mizzou's six-run second inning of the five-inning, 16-0 victory in the second game.
Roth hit Mizzou's first grand slam of the 2013 season came in the five-inning, 13-1 victory over Maryland (Feb. 21). The four-run shot helped power a nine-run second inning that distanced the Tigers from the Terrapins. Coincidentally, Roth was previously the last Mizzou player to hit a grand slam in 2012. Her second-to-last long ball of her seven-home run freshman campaign cleared the bases at Iowa State on April 28.
DOUBLES? WE'VE GOT YOUR DOUBLES
In Mizzou's 6-1 victory at Ole Miss on March 16, the Tigers smacked six doubles as a team. It was the squad's best double-hitting performance in more than one year, with Mizzou hitting six against Alcorn State on March 9, 2012.
NO WALKS? NO PROBLEM!
Senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas issued zero walks in all three of her starts at Ole Miss (March 15-17), as well as in game one of the Georgia Tech doubleheader (March 23). For her career, she's completed this feat 36 times out of 126 career starts. Mizzou holds an outstanding 32-3 record in those starts, holding its opponents to less than one run per game (0.94). In those 36 outings, opposing batters average 0.41 hits per inning against the senior Tiger. Thomas is pitching "zero-walk starts" in roughly one out of every four starts in her career.
For her efforts at Ole Miss, Thomas earned her third SEC Pitcher of the Week honor (March 11-17). In her four starts during the week, she struck out 1.22 batters per inning for a total of 22 strikeouts over 18.0 innings pitched. Thomas finished the week with a 0.78 ERA.
CAN YOU BE PERFECT?
Junior OF Mackenzie Sykes batted 2-for-2 in the initial game of the March 30 doubleheader vs. South Carolina, knocking two singles for one RBI while also drawing one walk.
Sophomore SS Corrin Genovese and redshirt freshman OF Taylor Gadbois both batted 2-for-2 in Mizzou's five-inning, 16-0 win over Georgia Tech on March 23. One of Genovese's hits was a home run, a two-run blast that was the fifth of her career.
Senior 3B Nicole Hudson batted 2-for-2 against Ole Miss in the 11-0 win on March 15, also drawing two walks to reach base in every plate appearance. Hudson hit a double and home run against the Rebels. She also 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.
Sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo hit 2-for-2 in Mizzou's 11-0 win over Ole Miss, hitting a double and triple to record four RBI (matching a career-high). She was hit by an Ole Miss pitch in between her hits, reaching base in every plate appearance.
Freshman 2B Emily Crane posted a 2-for-2 performance with a double and a single in Mizzou's five-inning, 12-0 victory over Ole Miss on March 17. She also drew a walk.
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 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.