No. 8 Mizzou Hosts SIUE Wednesday

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April 26, 2011

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LEADING OFF
-The No. 8 Tiger softball team will host SIU-Edwardsville in a single game this Wednesday, beginning at 3 p.m. CT at University Field.

-The Tigers saw their 10-game winning streak get snapped after falling to Nebraska in a 3-2 decision on Friday.  Missouri bounced back, winning 4-1 in the finale on Saturday to salvage the split.

-Holding firm at No. 8 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, Missouri jumped a spot to No. 12 in the NFCA/USA Today Top 25 rankings this week.

-Missouri is now fifth in the latest RPI poll, released last Wednesday.  Missouri is 17-5 this year against team’s in the top-50 in RPI.

-Nicole Hudson has been red-hot as of late, as she’s hit in a career high eight consecutive games. Her six game hitting streak has raised her average from .253 to .306 for the year.  During her streak she’s hitting .467 (14-30) with six runs, three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI.

-Abby Vock continued her career-year with yet another home run this past weekend, delivering the first run of the game in Saturday’s 4-1 victory of the Cornhuskers.  Entering the season with just two career home runs and a .208 batting average, Vock is hitting an astounding .313 this year with four home runs and 10 RBI.  Her on base percentage is more than .100 points higher than her career best at .450, and her slugging percentage is almost .150 points higher than her best year ever at .500.  After having just eight hits last season, Vock has 25 this year.

-Chelsea Thomas is approaching two career milestones, one of which will definitely be accomplished this week, with the other a definite possibility.  Her next strikeout will be the 500th in her career, which will make her just the seventh pitcher in school history to record 500 strikeouts.  She’s also 27 strikeouts away from breaking the single season record at Missouri.  Currently with 260, she has the fifth-most in a season at Missouri, with Erin Kalka holding the record of 286 set in 2004.

-Rhea Taylor is just eight hits away from 300 in her career, which would make her just the second Big 12 player ever to hit that milestone.

-With her two RBI on Friday, Ashley Fleming has matched her career-high with 44 runs batted in, set last year during her sophomore season.  The total is just four shy from becoming one of the 10 highest RBI totals in a single season at MU.

-Mizzou took two from Saint Louis in a midweek doubleheader last Wednesday.  The Tigers won game one by a 7-4 final before winning 5-1 in the finale.  Lindsey Muller got the win in game one, throwing two innings of relief, while Ashley Fleming registered the save.  Marla Schweisberger led the way with three runs batted in.  In the second game, Kristin Nottelmann went the distance, working through six walks and six hits as she struck out eight in her 13th win of the season.  Ashley Fleming and Nicole Hudson each hit their 10th home run of the season.

-The Tigers have 15 shutouts on the year, 12 of which came the month of March. They are walking just 1.55 batters per seven innings, the best in the conference. The staff’s .178 opponent batting average is second amongst Big 12 teams. The team is second in the league in strikeouts per seven innings, as they average 9.20, and is second in the conference with a 1.32 earned run average. The team’s 0.94 ERA during conference play is the best in the league.

SCOUTING SIU-EDWARDSVILLE
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville enters this midweek contest with a 24-23 record, not including the doubleheader they had scheduled for Tuesday against Saint Louis.  In their last 10 games they are 8-2 and are 16-8 in the Ohio Valley Conference this season

Taylor Tooley leads the team offensively with a .343 batting average to go along with eight doubles, six home runs and 31 runs batted in.  Rachel Coonrod also provides a spark in the lineup, as she’s hitting .302 with three home runs and 27 driven in.  As a team, SIU-E is hitting just .249 on the season.

Erika Taylor is the team’s top pitcher, appearing 32 times in 47 games.  Her record stands at 17-13 with a 2.54 ERA.  In 195.2 innings pitched, she has struck out 216 and walked 59.  Opponents are hitting .227 off her.  The Cougars have a 3.24 team earned run average.

Missouri is 3-1 all-time against SIU-Edwardsville after sweeping both games last year, 11-1 and 6-0.

FOLLOW LIVE
Live stats and play-by-play will be available via GameTracker, found on the Softball schedule page at mutigers.com.  Fans can also follow @MIZLive on Twitter to get updates.  For this game, fans can tune in to KTGR 100.5 FM/1580 AM and listen live.  Subscribers to Mizzou All-Access will be able to watch live at www.mutigers.tv

WHAT’S NEXT?
Missouri hits the road for the final time during the 2011 regular season, as they’ll take on the Oklahoma State Cowgirls in a two-game set.  Game one begins Saturday at 2 p.m. CT, with the series finale on Sunday at Noon.

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 entire athletic department at twitter.com/mutigersdotcom. Assistant Coach Pete D’Amour is also on Twitter at twitter.com/MizzouSBcoach. On Facebook, fans can search “University of Missouri Softball Team” to track down the team’s official page.

MIZZOU’S HOME WINNING STREAK LONGEST IN NATION
Missouri’s dramatic two-game sweep over Oklahoma two weeks ago was not only big for the Big 12 standings, but it also kept the nation’s longest home winning streak alive, as the Tigers pushed that streak to 32 straight games dating back to last season.  Here’s a look at the top-five active home winning streaks in Division I softball.

1.    Missouri – 32
2.    Hofstra – 24
3.    Alabama – 20
4.    Texas A&M – 19
5.    South Dakota - 16

Playing at University Field has been a major advantage for the Tigers since head coach Ehren Earleywine took over in 2007. In 121 games played at home under Earleywine, the Tigers have won 104 of them for an .860 winning percentage on their home field. Of their 17 losses, 13 of them came in two combined seasons. In Earleywine’s first year the Tigers went 17-7 at home, and in 2009 they went 17-6. In 2008, Mizzou finished 22-1 at home while last year they went 31-3, winning their last 15 home games of the season. So far this year the Tigers are 17-0.

MISSOURI, HUSKERS SPLIT SERIES
Missouri and Nebraska fought to a split in their last Big 12 meeting ever, with the Huskers taking Friday’s game, 3-2, before the Tigers bounced back to take the finale, 4-1.

The Cornhuskers took advantage of some uncharacteristic wildness from Chelsea Thomas, as she walked three batters and hit another in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Nebraska led off the inning with a double, their only hit of the game, and the four free passes plus a sacrifice fly allowed three runners to score.  Missouri got their two runs on RBIs from Lisa Simmons and Rhea Taylor.

The Tigers bounced back in game two, as Thomas gave up just one run after taking a no hitter into the sixth.  Abby Vock delivered her fourth home run of the season to start the scoring, and three insurance runs in the top of the seventh, two driven in by Ashley Fleming and another by Nicole Hudson, secured the Missouri victory.


 

 

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