Softball Faces Iowa State in Final Big 12 Road Series

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April 25, 2012

No. 10 Mizzou at Iowa State

  • Game One: Friday, April 27 - 4 p.m.
  • Game Two: Saturday, April 28 - 2 p.m.
  • Game Three: Sunday, April 29 - Noon
  • Location: Ames, Iowa
  • Stadium: Southwest Athletic Complex
  • Live Stats: Cyclones.com
  • Media Notes

The No. 10 Missouri softball team heads to their last Big 12 Conference series away from University Field, as they travel to Ames, Iowa for a three-game set against the Iowa State Cyclones. The Tigers and Cyclones will begin play at 4 p.m. CT on Friday, April 27. Game two will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with the finale set for Noon on Sunday.

SCOUTING IOWA STATE
Iowa State enters the weekend with a record of 14-30 on the season and are 2-13 in Big 12 play. They have scored three victories in their last 10 games, including two against Big 12 opponents. They scored a 2-1 win over then-No. 14 Texas A&M, knocked off in-state foe Iowa by a 4-3 margin and edged Kansas 10-9 last weekend.

Offensively, the Cyclones are hitting .252 as a team with two players batting over .300. Erica Miller leads the team with a .389 average, while Tori Torrescano is batting .311. They are also the team’s top run producers, as Miller has 10 doubles, nine home runs and 30 RBI while Torrescano has seven doubles, 12 HR and 39 RBI. Both are slugging .672 on have on base percentages over .400.

Iowa State has struggled in the circle with a team ERA of 7.11. Torrescano has seen most of the action, appearing in 34 games and starting 24 times. Opponents are hitting .359 off Cyclone pitching this season.

FOLLOW LIVE
Live stats will be provided at cyclones.com for all three games. The official Mizzou Softball Twitter account, @MizzouSoftball, will provide updates throughout the series.

WHAT’S NEXT
Missouri begins a full week of non-conference games on Wednesday with a doubleheader against Murray State. First pitch from University Field is at 3 p.m. CT.

FOLLOW MIZZOU SOFTBALL ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK
Tiger softball fans can follow along with the season through many of the program’s social media options. On Twitter, Mizzou fans can follow the official account, @MizzouSoftball. Assistant Coach Pete D’Amour is also on Twitter (@MizzouSBcoach). On Facebook, fans can go to facebook.com/MizzouSoftball to track down the team’s official page.

REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
Several Tigers are making their way into Mizzou’s history, climbing into the top-10 of numerous career and season categories. Here’s a rundown:
Chelsea Thomas now has the 10th most appearances in Missouri history with 112. With two more appearances she’ll be alone in eighth all-time. Kristin Nottelmann is just outside the top-10 with 108 career appearances.
• Thomas is in great shape to break the all-time strikeouts record this season. She is currently third with 842, 23 behind Stephanie Falk (865) for second. Teresa Wilson is first all-time with 893 in her career. Nottelmann has climbed into ninth all-time with 414 strikeouts.
• With her next victory, Thomas will be all alone in third all-time with 79 wins. Stephanie Falk had 89 wins from 1998-2001, while Wilson holds the program record with 102 victories.
• Thomas has also moved her way up the top-10 all-time in complete games (fifth, 72), innings pitched (eighth, 649.0) and shutouts (third, 35).
• Thomas is in the top-10 for most strikeouts in a season for the second consecutive year. She broke the school record last season with 397 strikeouts. This year, she has 206, currently ninth-most in a season.
• As her unbelievable senior season has progressed, Ashley Fleming has made a charge up the leaderboards on the offensive side. Her career batting average of .342 is currently tied for seventh-best in MU history.
• Last weekend, Fleming broke into the top-10 for career hits with 185, tying her for ninth most all-time. If she can get 15 more hits this season, she’ll become the seventh Tiger to record 200 or more hits in a career.
• A trio of Tigers are in the top-10 for career doubles, led by Fleming with 38, sixth-most all-time. Nicole Hudson is tied for eighth with 37 doubles, while Jenna Marston has recorded 36, the 10th-most at MU.
• Fleming is now fourth all-time in home runs with 38. With two more, she’ll be the fourth Tiger ever to hit 40 bombs in a career. Jen Bruck is the program’s record holder with 47. Hudson’s next home run will be the 30th in her career. She’s currently sixth all-time.
• Marston (147) and Fleming) are also in the top-10 in runs scored, coming in at sixth and tied for seventh, respectively.
• With her two run homer against Oklahoma on Saturday, April 21, Fleming recorded hre 160th RBI and is fourth all-time. Nicole Hudson has climbed her way up to seventh with 125.
• Marston drew her 100th career walk over the weekend and is 16 shy from becoming the program’s all-time record holder in the category. Fleming and Hudson have both drawn 89 walks apiece, tied for fourth-most. The Tigers entered the season with just one player who drew over 100 walks in her career (Jen Bruck), but have a chance of finishing this year with four players crossing the century mark.
• Marston’s also closing in on the single season walks record. She has drawn 37 walks so far this season, and with 11 regular season games left, needs just seven to break Jen Bruck’s record of 43, set in 2008. Last year, Marston took 41 walks.

PATIENCE PAYS OFF
In the history of Missouri softball, only seven players have drawn 80 or more walks in their career. Three of those are on this year’s squad. Junior Jenna Marston drew two walks over the weekend to become just the second player in Mizzou history to take 100 walks in her career. Fellow junior Nicole Hudson and senior Ashley Fleming are tied for fourth all-time with 89 walks each. Jen Bruck is the program’s all-time record holder, walking 115 times between 2005-08, while Micaela Minner drew the second-most walks ever with 96 from 2004-09.

TIGERS 14TH IN FIFTH RPI POLL
In the latest RPI, released on Monday, April 23, the Tigers found themselves in 14th in the most recent rankings, up two spots from last week. The Tigers are 10-7 against the RPI’s top-40 on the season.

PITCHERS CLIMBING CAREER WINS LIST
Mizzou’s top-two starting pitchers are finding themselves climbing up the career wins list. Redshirt junior Chelsea Thomas currently has 78 wins in her career, tied for third-most in program history. She is just two victories away from moving up to third all-time. Senior Kristin Nottelmann has won 63 games over the last four seasons, the ninth-most ever. Immediately in front of her are Erin Kalka, who won 65 career games, and Kacey Marshall, who won 67 times in her career. Teresa Wilson is the program’s record-holder at 102 wins.

MIZZOU DROPS TWO OF THREE TO FIRST PLACE SOONERS
The Missouri Tigers suffered a big setback in their chase for a second straight Big 12 title, as they lost two of three games to the first place Sooners in Norman, Okla., over the weekend of April 20-22. Oklahoma took the first game of the series by a 2-1 margin in 10 innings. The Tigers trailed 1-0 after five, but Ashley Fleming tied the game with a solo home run in the top of the sixth with on a full count with two outs. The teams would battle into extras, and the Sooners would win it with a two out rally in the 10th. Chelsea Thomas struck out a season-best 15 batters in the loss.

On Saturday, the Tigers rallied late again to send it to extras, but this time were able to pull out the victory and even the series. Oklahoma took a 2-0 lead with runs in the first and third, but Fleming struck again in the sixth, hitting a game-tying two run homer to make it 2-2. In the eighth, Mackenzie Sykes and Jenna Marston drew back-to-back walks and got into scoring position on a ground out. A single by Kelsea Roth drove in Sykes to give Mizzou the lead and a sacrifice fly by Hudson added some insurance. Thomas set the Sooners down 1-2-3 in the eighth to secure the 4-2 win.

In the rubber match, Oklahoma scored in each of the first two innings to build a 2-0 lead. The Tigers got a run back in the third, helped by an OU error and an RBI single by Mackenzie Sykes, to cut the lead to 2-1, but Keilani Ricketts shut Mizzou down for the rest of the game, dropping the Tigers by a 2-1 score.


 

 

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