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April 20, 2010

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WHO: No. 11 Missouri vs. Evansville | Missouri vs. Missouri S&T | Missouri vs. Central Methodist
WHEN: Wednesday, April 21 - 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. CT | Thursday, April 22 - 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. CT
WHERE: University Field - Columbia, Mo.

LIVE STATS: MU vs. UE | MU vs. S&T | MU vs. CMU - Game One | MU vs. CMU - Game Two
LIVE VIDEO: Mizzou All-Access
LIVE RADIO: Online at KCOU.fm

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: All tickets for Missouri's doubleheader with Central Methodist on Thursday will be only $1.

Riding a five-game winning streak, the No. 11 Missouri softball team looks to remain hot when they host a pair of mid-week doubleheaders.  On Wednesday, Missouri will play host to Evansville and Missouri S&T in a split twin-bill.  Game one with Evansville will be played at 3 p.m. CT, while the second game, against Missouri S&T, will begin at approximately 5 p.m. CT.  On Thursday, the Tigers will play two against in-state foe Central Methodist.  Game one between Mizzou and the Lady Eagles of CMU begins at 2 p.m. CT, while game two will begin around 4 p.m. CT.  Tickets for Thursday’s doubleheader will be available for just $1 for all fans.

SCOUTING THE ACES
Evansville, out of the Missouri Valley Conference, comes into their game with the Tigers as winners of three of their last five games.  Last week, they split a midweek doubleheader with Indiana, and took two of three from conference foe Wichita State.  Overall, however, the Purple Aces stand at just 14-23 on the season.  Evansville is led by first year head coach, and former Tiger assistant coach, Mark Redburn, and assisted by Ashley Monceaux and Jenna Roberts.

Junior outfielder Jen Stahlhut comes into the game as the only Ace with a batting average in the .300s, as she sits at .300 exactly.  She’s led the offense this season with nine doubles while also hitting three home runs, as she’s put up a team-best .482 slugging percentage this year.  Her on base percentage of .386 is also tops on the squad, and she’s been thrown up just one time in eight stolen base attempts on the campaign.
UE’s ace in the circle is freshman Kendall Kautz, who leads the team with 22 appearances this season.  She’s racked up 113.1 innings while throwing 11 complete games in 20 starts.  Her ERA sits at 2.96, while she’s put together a record of 10-8.  Batters hit .259 off of her.

MIZZOU VS. EVANSVILLE
Missouri has owned the all-time series between the two, as the Tigers have won all 10 previous meetings, dating back to 1983.  The Tigers and Aces faced off in Missouri’s season opener last year at the Georgia State First Pitch Classic, with Mizzou winning by a 4-2 final.

SCOUTING THE LADY MINERS
Missouri S&T currently sits at 23-17 and 14-10 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, though they will play a doubleheader with Southwest Baptist University on Tuesday before taking on Mizzou on Wednesday.  Coming into their doubleheader, they have won five straight games and are 10-11 on the road this season.  Leading the way for the Lady Miners is head coach Don Kennedy, who is now in his fourth season.  Assisting him is Chad Schatz and Kandi Wieberg.

The Lady Miner offense has put together a solid .293 team batting average this season, led by junior Kristen Drage.  Drage is hitting an impressive .440 on the season.  She leads the team in all major categories, which includes runs (27), hits (51), doubles (13), home runs (7), runs batted in (37), total bases (87), slugging percentage (.750) and on base percentage (.468).  In 116 at bats, she has struck out just 11 times this season.  Missouri S&T has eight players with double-digit RBI totals.

Two Lady Miner pitchers split time in the circle for Missouri S&T, as freshman Taylor Keal and senior Ashley Wallingford have combined

MIZZOU VS. MISSOURI S&T
The Tigers and Missouri S&T met for the first time last season in a doubleheader at University Field, where MU emerged with a sweep over the Lady Miners.  The Tigers overcame a late 2-0 deficit in game one to earn a 10-2, run-rule win in six innings, while they shut out Missouri S&T, 6-0, in game two.

SCOUTING THE LADY EAGLES
Central Methodist, a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) of the NAIA, currently sits at 25-15, with two games to play before their twin-bill with the Tigers on Thursday.  Winners of four of their last five, the Lady Eagles are 5-5 on the road and 11-7 at neutral fields.  For the 17th consecutive year, Pat Reardon guides CMU as the head coach.  Assisting him are Gene Reardon, Ross Dowell and Katie Dove.

CMU hits a stellar .336 as a team, and they currently have 12 players who are hitting over .300 so far this season.  Topping them all is junior Stephanie Sullivant, who leads all Lady Eagles with a .406 average.  She’s collected 52 hits in 128 at-bats, which includes 13 doubles and three home runs, while also driving in 32.  Powering the offense freshman Holly Adams, who has connected on seven home runs and eight doubles in her first season.

Seniors McCall Kenney and Chelsea Fuemmeler get the majority of the time in the circle.  Kenney has put together a 10-8 record in 20 appearances, and her ERA stands at 2.33.  Fuemmeler’s record is currently 13-7, while her ERA sits at 2.88.  Fuemmeler leads the team in strikeouts, as she’s sent down 121 batters in 126.1 innings pitched.

MIZZOU VS. CMU
Missouri and Central Methodist have never played each other.

FOLLOW THE GAMES
Live stats will be provided for all four games at mutigers.com.  Live radio is available online at www.kcou.fm.  A live video feed of the games will be available for paid subscribers of Mizzou All-Access.

WHAT’S NEXT?
Following the two mid-week doubleheaders, Missouri will head to College Station, Texas, for a two-game conference series with the Texas A&M Aggies.  Game one will take place at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, while game two will start at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday.  Sunday’s game will be aired live on ESPN.

LEE NAMED BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
After a huge week that saw her hit .727 over a five-game span, junior Catherine Lee was rewarded with her first-ever Big 12 Player of the Week award, as announced Tuesday afternoon by the league office. 

Lee, in her first year as a Tiger after spending the last two years at Georgia State, went 8-for-11 over the course of the week, collecting three doubles, driving home seven runs and scoring twice.  Lee put up an on-base percentage of .688 and a slugging percentage of 1.000, while also going 2-for-2 in stolen bases.  Lee is the second Tiger to earn a Big 12 weekly award this season.  Sophomore pitcher Chelsea Thomas was named Pitcher of the Week back on March 2.

MIZZOU COMPLETES SWEEP OF TECH
The Missouri softball team capped off a perfect 5-0 week with a sweep over conference opponent Texas Tech, knocking off the Red Raiders by scores of 3-1 and 5-2.

In game one, senior Jana Hainey put together her best outing of the season, as she went 5.1 innings while allowing just one run, scattering six hits, walking one and striking out five. The five strikeouts and 5.1 innings pitched are both season-bests for the southpaw.

Junior Rhea Taylor went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored, moving her into third place all-time with 153 career runs. Freshman Jenna Marston finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI, while junior Catherine Lee drove in two while picking up a double.

On Sunday, sophomore Kristin Nottelmann earned her 11th win of the season, as she pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless ball out of the bullpen while allowing just two hits.  Senior Gina Schneider powered the offense with a three run blast in the third inning, her third home run and 14th driven in this season.  Junior Rhea Taylor went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while also stealing two bases.

TIGERS TAKE DOWN SIU SCHOOLS
Playing two games with SIUE and a single game with SIU-Carbondale in back-to-back days, the Tigers busted out of a team-wide offensive slump by outscoring the two teams by a 26-3 margin in the three games.

On Tuesday, the Tigers swept a doubleheader against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, winning game one by run-rule, 11-1, and shutting the Cougars out 6-0 in game two. 

In game one, the Tigers connected on a season-high 14 hits while scoring 11 times.  Junior Rhea Taylor and freshman Lindsey Muller each went 3-for-3 with three runs batted in.  Freshman Jenna Marston also collected three RBI on a 1-for-3 day, extending her team-leading RBI total to 34 on the season.  Juniors Catherine Lee and Marla Schweisberger and senior Gina Schneider all collected two hits apiece.  Senior Jana Hainey went the distance for her first complete game of the season, pitching all five innings while allowing just four hits and one run.  She walked one and struck out one as she advanced to 4-0 on the season.

In game two, the Tigers pushed across six runs on nine hits, as they shutout the Cougars by a 6-0 total.  Sophomore Kristin Nottelmann snapped a two-game skid, as she went all seven innings while allowing no runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking none to improve her record to 9-6 on the season.  The complete game was Nottelmann’s sixth of the season.

On Wednesday, Mizzou rolled by the Salukis of SIU for a 9-2 victory, the team’s 30th win of the season.  Freshman Nicole Hudson went 2-for-3 on the game with a home run and four RBI.  The home run was her fifth of the season, tying her with junior Marla Schweisberger and sophomore Ashley Fleming for the team lead.  Sophomore Kristin Nottelmann pitched 3.1 innings out of the pen to earn her 10th victory of the season, giving her back-to-back seasons with at least 10 victories.  Nottelmann allowed just one hit and struck out three while allowing no walks and no runs.

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 TRACKER
After connecting on her second triple in as many games on Saturday against Texas Tech, junior outfielder Rhea Taylor continues to rewrite the Missouri record books.  The triple was the 10th of her career, moving her into a tie for 10th all-time at MU.  The Buford, Ga., native also connected for 10 hits last week, giving her 203 in her career and moving her into a tie for fifth all-time.  With her nine runs last week, Taylor now sits in third place all-time in the category, and is just 10 runs away from breaking the school record.

NOTTELMANN MATCHES LAST YEAR’S WIN TOTAL
Sophomore pitcher Kristen Nottelmann went an impressive 11-2 during her freshman campaign.  With her three wins last week, the righty has done it again.  The three victories - one as a starter and two out of the pen - push her record to 11-6 on the season and 22-8 on her career, giving her the fifth-best winning percentage (.733) in Missouri history.

ANOTHER 30 WIN SEASON FOR THE TIGERS
For the fourth straight season under head coach Ehren Earleywine, the Missouri softball team has once again won 30 games during the season.  Mizzou’s current 30-8 record gives Earleywine a career record of 167-61 (.732) as Tiger head coach.  Missouri has also won at least 30 games in 20 of the past 23 seasons, dating back to 1988, which includes 14 straight 30-plus win seasons from 1988-2001.

HOME RUN HITTERS BATTLING FOR TOP SPOT
There’s a battle brewing amongst a trio of Tiger sluggers, all of whom are looking to take the lead as the top home run hitter on the team this season.  Junior Marla Schweisberger, sophomore Ashley Fleming and freshman Nicole Hudson have each hit five bombs this year.  Schweisberger reached five first, as she belted her fifth in Mizzou’s win over Northwestern back on March 21.  Fleming joined her last weekend, when she ripped a home run in game one against Texas for her fifth of the season.  Hudson joined Fleming and Schweisberger when she crushed a two-run bomb in Mizzou’s win over SIU on April 14.

TIGERS SIT STILL AT NO. 11 IN NFCA POLL
A perfect 5-0 week wasn’t enough to put Missouri back in the top-10, but the Tigers didn’t drop either, as Mizzou came in at No. 11 for the second-straight week in the USA Today/NFCA poll.  The Tigers, now 32-8 on the season, sit just six points behind Stanford for No. 10 and 15 points behind Arizona State for No. 9.

The same couldn’t be said for the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, however, as the Tigers dropped one spot to No. 15.  Jumping Missouri was Texas, who moved from No. 15 to No. 14.  The Longhorns swept Mizzou a few weeks back.  Texas, who got just one game in last week, improved to 35-9 with their lone victory.