Tigers Head to Ames for Doubleheader



April 27, 2010

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Missouri continues Big 12 play and closes out a quick four-game road trip this Wednesday when they head to Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa State Cyclones in a midweek doubleheader.  The Tigers and Cyclones will play game one at 2 p.m. CT, with game two beginning at approximately 4 p.m. CT.

Iowa State enters the doubleheader with a record of 25-23, and are just 3-9 in Big 12 Conference play this season.  The Cyclones dropped a doubleheader at Baylor last weekend, and are only 3-7 in their last 10 games.  Iowa State is coached by Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler, a former player at the University of Missouri who is now in her fifth season as the head coach of ISU.  Gemeinhardt-Cesler was one of the all-time great Tiger hitters, as she stands second all-time in hits at Mizzou (231) and second in career triples (25), along with being in numerous other top-10 categories.  Her assistants are Gary Hines and Jamie Pinkerton

ISU's top overall hitter this year has been Heidi Kidwell, who leads all Cyclones with a .345 average.  She's scored 28 runs and driven in 20 with her 57 hits, which includes four doubles and three triples.  She gets on base at a .391 clip, and has swiped 11 bases this year.  The Cyclones aren't known for their power, as they've hit just 20 long balls this season.  Sydni Jones and Alex Johnson lead the team with five apiece.  Johnson has driven in a team-best 30 RBI.  Jones leads the team in slugging percentage with a mark of .470.  As a team, Iowa State is hitting 277.

Rachel Zabriskie is the ace for the Cyclones, as she's appeared in 39 of the team's 48 games and started 31 of those.  Shes compiled a record of 20-14 to go with her 2.54 ERA, and has thrown 22 complete games this season.  She has 233 strikeouts in 212.0 innings pitched, and has given up just 40 walks while allowing 181 hits and 93 runs in those innings.  Four other Cyclones have received time in the circle this year, but Zabriskie, Tori Torrescano and Lauren Kennewell have gotten the majority of the action.  As a team, Iowa State has posted an ERA of 3.12.  Hitters have batted .253 against Iowa State so far this season.

Missouri is 48-29 all-time against Iowa State, and is 13-10 all-time in Ames.  The Tigers and Cyclones split lats season's series in Columbia.  Missouri took game one by a 5-0 final, but were slightly edged out in game two  by a 4-3 score.  Since Head Coach Ehren Earleywine took over in 2007, Mizzou is 5-1 against the Cyclones.

Live stats for both games will be provided at mutigers.com.  Iowa State's athletic website, Cyclones.com, will feature live scoring as well.

The Tigers will return to Columbia to finish off their regular season home schedule, beginning Thursday with a makeup game against Central Methodist.  The two teams were set to play a doubleheader last week, but game two of the scheduled twin-bill was postponed due to rain.  The teams will begin play at 5:30 p.m. CT on Thursday at University Field.  Mizzou will close out the Big 12 home season with a two-game set against Baylor this weekend.  Saturday's game will start at 2 p.m. CT, while the game on Sunday is set to begin at Noon CT.

Senior Day festivities will be held this Saturday prior to Missouri's 2 p.m. CT game against the Baylor Bears.  Seniors from the Baylor squad, along with Missouri's three seniors, Jana Hainey, Gina Schneider and Michaele Vock, will be honored for their collegiate accomplishments prior to the start of the game.

Junior Rhea Taylor, currently riding an 11-game hitting streak in which she has scored 17 runs, sits just three runs shy of breaking another Missouri softball record.  She currently has scored 162 runs in her career as a Tiger, just two shy of Mary Babb's record of 164, which has stood since 1997.  She's collected 21 hits during her current hitting streak, giving her 213 in her career, putting her in fourth place all-time at Mizzou.  Taylor connected on triples in back-to-back games back on April 14 and April 17, giving her 10 in her career, and moving her into a tie for 10th all-time at MU. 

The Missouri softball team split their two-game series with the Texas A&M Aggies down in College Station, Texas, as the Tigers took game one 14-1 in five innings before falling 6-5 on Sunday.

The softball team scored early and often on Saturday, hitting a season-best five home runs and scoring a season-high 14 runs on their way to an impressive 14-1 win over No. 22 Texas A&M in five innings to open the pivotal series.  The 14 Tiger runs came on 10 hits, and extended the Missouri winning streak to nine in a row.  Junior Rhea Taylor extended her hitting streak to 10 games with a 2-for-4 day at the plate which included two runs and three driven in - all coming on her fifth home run of the season. Freshman Lindsey Muller added a three-run blast of her own in her only at-bat.  Missouri also got home runs off the bat of juniors Catherine Lee and Marla Schweisberger, along with sophomore Ashley Fleming.

The Tigers went for the sweep on Sunday and they put together a late-rally in the seventh inning, but it wasn't enough as they dropped the finale against No. 22 Texas A&M by a 6-5 final.  Down 5-1 in the seventh, Marla Schweisberger hit her second home run of the weekend and seventh of the season with a runner on and no one out, cutting the lead to 5-3.  Taylor then followed with an infield single right back to the pitcher, beating the throw in a close play at first and bringing the tying run to the plate.  After a pop-out, Marston roped a double into the gap, plating Taylor and cutting the lead to 5-4.  A few batters later, Kathryn Poet singled into left field to score Marston and even the score at 5-5.

However, the Aggies were able to push one more run across in the bottom half of the inning for the win.  Hainey got the first two outs relatively easily, getting a fly out and a foul out.  Back-to-back two out walks set up the winning single by Rhiannon Kliesing, ending the Tigers' chance of sending the game to extras.



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