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Tigers Close Road Trip with SIU Schools

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April 12, 2010

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No. 7 Missouri vs. SIU-Edwardsville
WHEN:
Tuesday, April 13 - 3 p.m. CT and 5:30 p.m. CT
WHERE: Cougar Stadium - Edwardsville, Ill.
LIVE STATS: Game One | Game Two
LIVE RADIO: 88.7 FM WSIE or Online

No. 7 Missouri vs. Southern Illinois
WHEN:
Wednesday, April 14 - 3 p.m. CT
WHERE: Charlotte West Stadium - Carbondale, Ill.
LIVE STATS: MUTigers.com

After another tough weekend of conference play, the No. 7 Missouri Tigers (27-8, 3-5 Big 12) hit the road for three midweek games with the Southern Illinois schools.  First, Mizzou heads to Edwardsville, Ill., to take on the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars in a makeup doubleheader on Tuesday.  The two teams were originally scheduled to play back on March 3, but the games were postponed due to rain.  Game one starts at 3 p.m. CT, with game two beginning at approximately 5 p.m. CT.  The next day, the Tigers will travel about two hours south to Carbondale, Ill., to face the Southern Illinois Salukis in a single game beginning at 3 p.m. CT.  These three games will wrap up Missouri’s current five-game road trip, which is their longest remaining trip of the regular season.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, who joined NCAA Division I ranks back in 2007, has put together a 22-16 record so far this season.  They are 6-2 so far at home, and are winners of their last seven games overall, where they’ve outscored opponents 42-6 during that span.  Sandy Montgomery, now in her 22nd season with SIUE, is the head coach, and she is assisted by Kelly Rhyne and Buddy Foster.

As a team, the Cougars are hitting just .252.  However, Lindsey Barron leads all SIUE batters with a solid .330 batting average.  She’s also getting on base at a .426 clip and has five extra base hits - four doubles and one triple - so far this season.  Taylor Tooley leads all batters with five home runs this season.

In the circle, Erika Taylor gets the most time, as she’s appeared in 27 of the team’s 38 games.  She’s put together a 16-10 record with a 2.95 ERA.  In 25 starts she has an absurd 22 complete games, while also throwing six shutouts.  Taylor has struck out 144 batters in 164.0 innings pitched, while limiting opponents to a .235 batting average.  She has also picked up a save this season.

MIZZOU VS. SIUE
The Cougars and Tigers have played just twice, with both games coming last season in Columbia.  Missouri took the first game by a 2-0 score, but somewhat surprisingly, were defeated by the same margin in game two of the twin-bill.  Ashley Fleming hit a two-run home run in the third inning of game one, while the Cougars picked up two in the top of the seventh of game two for the win.

SCOUTING THE SALUKIS
Southern Illinois comes into the game boasting a 27-12 overall record.  They sit in second in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 12-1 record in league play, and are currently 10-2 at home this season. They have won their last six games.  Leading the Salukis is Kerri Blaylock, now in her 11th season, along with assistants Christy Connoyer and Jen Sewell.

In 39 games, the Salukis are hitting .281 as a team.  Leading all hitters is Haley Gorman, who is currently hitting .406.  Katie Wilson powers the offense, as she’s belted 10 home runs and driven in 35 on the season, helping her put together a .700 slugging percentage to go with her .340 batting average and .417 OBP.  As a team, SIU has stolen 70 bases in 82 attempts, led by Alicia Garza, who is 15-for-15 this season.
Southern Illinois currently has three pitchers who have an ERA under 2.50.  Danielle Glosson gets the majority of the action, as she’s appeared in 26 games and has started 18 of them.  She’s put together a record of 16-8, and has 15 complete games with six shutouts.  Glosson has struck out 139 batters while walking 41 in 128.0 innings.  Saluki pitchers have limited hitters to just a .215 batting average this season and have combined for a team ERA of 2.15.

MIZZOU VS. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
Missouri and SIU have battled 30 times in the past, with the Tigers winning 18 of those previous matchups.  The two teams first met way back in 1981, when Missouri got the victory by the slimmest of margins, winning 3-2.  More recently, the two teams faced off last season, with Mizzou run-ruling the Salukis 9-1 in five innings.  Marla Schweisberger and Micaela Minner each went 3-for-3, while Ashley Fleming went 2-for-3 with the walk-off two-run home run in the fifth.

FOLLOW THE GAMES
Live stats will be provided for all three games at mutigers.com.  Live radio for the SIU-Edwardsville games can be accessed at 88.7 FM WSIE or online via siuecougars.com.  Various updates will also  be provided throughout the game via Twitter at twitter.com/mutigersdotcom.

WHAT’S NEXT?
Missouri will resume their home Big 12 schedule this weekend when they welcome the Texas Tech Red Raiders to University Field for a two-game set.  Game one takes place on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT, while the series will conclude on Sunday with a game at Noon CT.

MIZZOU STUMBLES AGAINST LONGHORNS
The Missouri softball once again struggled offensively while Texas showed why they are one of the top offensive teams in the nation as the Tigers drop both games of a two-game set, losing 5-2 and 10-2.

Freshman Jenna Marston finished 4-for-6 on the weekend, accounting for four of Missouri’s seven hits in the two games.  Sophomore Ashley Fleming added her fifth home run of the year in game one.  Sophomore Kristin Nottelmann took the loss in both games, falling to 8-6 this season.

The pair of losses dropped Mizzou’s record to 27-8 and 3-5 in the Big 12, while Texas improved to 7-1 in league play and 36-7 overall. 

TIGERS SWEEP JAYHAWKS
The No. 7 Missouri Tigers used a come-from-behind, walk-off victory over Kansas in a game one before pummeling the Jayhawks by a 10-2 final in six innings in game two.  The wins improved Missouri’s record to 27-6 on the season, and evened up their conference record at 3-3.  Kansas fell to 16-21 on the campaign, and 0-6 in Big 12 play.

After struggling offensively for the past several games, the Tigers found themselves in a 4-2 hole in the bottom of the seventh inning.  Junior Rhea Taylor got the inning started with a leadoff single through the right side.  She would advance to second on a wild pitch before sophomore Ashley Fleming walked, putting runners on first and second with no outs.  With a 1-2 count, freshman Jenna Marston crushed an opposite field home run deep over the left field wall, giving the Tigers the 5-4 win in dramatic walk-off fashion.  Sophomore Kristin Nottelmann picked up her eighth win of the season, throwing a complete game with five strikeouts.

The dramatic game one victory seemed to light a fire under the Tigers, as they belted out 10 runs on nine hits in the second game.  In the fourth, freshman Nicole Hudson got the offense going with a leadoff double.  After Hudson was pinch-run for by freshman Princess Krebs, junior Shana White reached on a sac bunt and an error by the third baseman, advancing Krebs to third.  Junior Lisa Simmons was called in to pinch hit, and she blasted her first career home run to deep right-center field to put the Tigers up 4-2.  Simmons finished 2-for-3 with the four RBI and a run scored.  Fleming and Hudson also collected two hits each, with Fleming driving in one run and Hudson two.  Senior Jana Hainey (3-0) pitched four innings of relief, allowing just one run while striking out and walking one.

TIGERS ON TV
The Missouri softball program is currently scheduled to appear twice on major television networks in the upcoming weeks.  Both Big 12 Conference matchups, two Tiger road games will be televised.  The first, being shown on ESPN, pits the Tigers up against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second and final game of the weekend series.  The second televised game is the series opener between Missouri and the Cornhuskers of Nebraska, scheduled to appear on FSN.

Missouri @ Texas A&M
Sat., April 24 | 1 p.m. CT | ESPN

Missouri @ Nebraska
Sat., May 8 | Noon CT | FSN

TAYLOR FINALIST FOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Junior Rhea Taylor has been selected as one of 25 finalists for the 2010 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, as announced Tuesday by the American Softball Association (ASA) of America. 

The award, considered the most prestigious honor in all of Division I women’s softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. 

This season, Taylor is hitting .425, the third best in the Big 12, with two home runs and 14 runs batted in this season.  She’s also scored 26 runs, has ripped seven doubles, tripled once, and has stolen 18 bases in 19 attempts.  Earlier this season, Taylor stole her 111th career base to set a new school record, breaking Julie Link’s record that stood since 1989.  Taylor is the first Top 25 finalist from Mizzou since Amanda Renth was selected back in 2007.

SOFTBALL ADDS GAME WITH MISSOURI S&T
The Missouri softball team announced another addition to their 2010 regular season schedule Tuesday, as they’ll play Missouri S&T on Wednesday, April 21 at 5 p.m. CT at University Field.

The game will be the second game of a doubleheader that day, as the Tigers will take on Evansville at 3 p.m. CT that day.  Last month, Mizzou added a doubleheader with Central Methodist on April 22, 2010, beginning at 2 p.m. CT.

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.