May 1, 2012
No. 9 Mizzou vs. Murray State
The No. 9 Missouri Tigers begin a week-long stretch of non-conference games with a home doubleheader against Murray State on Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers and Racers will begin action at 3 p.m. CT, with game two scheduled to start at 5 p.m. or approximately 30 minutes after the first game concludes. Admission to the game will be free to the public.
SCOUTING MURRAY STATE
Murray State comes into the week with a 29-16 overall record and a 17-10 record in the Ohio Valley Conference. They just punched their ticket to the OVC Tournament for the third consecutive year. The Racers have won their last nine games, which includes two-of-three over Austin Peay, doubleheader sweeps over Bethel and Samford and a three-game sweep over SEMO. This is the first meeting ever between these two schools.
The Racers are batting .294 as a team and have three hitters with an average over .300. Megan Glosser leads the way at .384 and has eight doubles along with 25 stolen bases in 28 attempts. Casey Castile is the squad’s top power hitter, batting .361 with team highs in home runs (nine), runs batted in (40), total bases (83) and slugging percentage (.624). She’s also stolen 19 bases in 20 tries.
In the circle, the Racers have a 2.55 ERA and three pitchers who split time. Shelby Kosmecki leads the rotation with 27 appearances and 22 starts and is 11-9 on the year with a 2.23 ERA, along with 105 strikeouts in 125.2 innings pitched. Chelsey Sullivan has 15 starts and is 10-5 on the year with a 2.85 earned run average, while CheyAnne Gaskey often comes out of the bullpen, appearing 19 times with eight starts. Gaskey has an 8-2 record and a 2.71 earned run mark in 75.0 innings pitched.
Live stats will be provided via GameTracker at mutigers.com for the two games. Mizzou Network subscribers will be able to watch both games at mizzounetwork.com. The official Mizzou Softball Twitter account, @MizzouSoftball, will provide updates during each game.
Admission to Wednesday’s doubleheader is free to the general public. Season tickets will have their seats held for them, as usual. All ushers will have a list of season ticket holder names and seat locations should it be needed. If you have any questions or need assistance on game day, please contact an usher.
Mizzou closes out their non-conference schedule with a a three game series against the No. XX Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Ore. Action will begin on Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m. CT. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, starting 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 is tied for eighth all-time with 112 career appearances. Kristin Nottelmann is just outside the top-10 with 110 career appearances.
• Thomas is in great shape to break the all-time strikeouts record this season. She is currently third with 853, 12 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 419 strikeouts.
• Nottelmann just broke in to the top-10 in career shutouts with her complete game shutout over Iowa State on Saturday, April 28. She’s in a four-way tie with Kacey Marshall, Barb Wright and Erin Kalka for 10th all-time with 17.
• With her win over Iowa State, Thomas stands 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. Nottelmann has 64 career wins, ninth-most in school history and three shy of seventh.
• Thomas has also moved her way up the top-10 all-time in complete games (fifth, 72), innings pitched (eighth, 653.0) 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 217, 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 .344 is currently sixth-best in MU history.
• This season, Fleming has broken into the top-10 for career hits with 188, tying her for ninth-most all-time. If she can get 12 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 and Jenna Marston are tied with Nikki Herman for eighth all-time with 37.
• Fleming is now fourth all-time in home runs with 39. With one 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 hit her 30th homer of her career over the weekend, the sixth Tiger to hit 30 or more career home runs.
• Marston (151) and Fleming (148) are also in the top-10 in runs scored, coming in at fourth and tied for sixth, respectively.
• Fleming is fourth all-time with 163 RBI, while Hudson has climbed her way up to seventh with 128.
• Marston is 14 walks shy from becoming the program’s all-time record holder in the category. Fleming and Hudson have both drawn 91 and 90 walks respectively, the fourth and fifth most in school history. 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 39 walks so far this season, and with eight regular season games left, needs just five to break Jen Bruck’s record of 43, set in 2008. Last year, Marston took 41 walks.
On April 27 against Iowa State, Ashley Fleming, Kelsea Roth and Nicole Hudson hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the second inning. Additionally, all three Tigers hit their home run with two strikes on them, with Roth and Hudson hitting theirs with a full count. It was the first time since March 18, 2007 that Mizzou has hit three straight home runs. Last time, Amanda Renth, Micaela Minner and Jen Bruck accomplished the feat against Western Illinois.
SIXTH RPI POLL HAS MIZZOU AT 17TH
In the latest RPI, released on Monday, April 30, the Tigers found themselves in 17th, down three spots from last week. The Tigers are 10-7 against the RPI’s top-40 on the season. Of their eight remaining regular season games, six are against teams in the top-40 of RPI (Oregon-7th and Oklahoma State-33rd).
THREE TIGER PITCHERS IN TOP-10 OF BIG 12 ERA
All three of Mizzou’s pitchers are in the top-10 in the Big 12 in earned run average, with freshman Bailey Erwin leading the league with a 0.96 mark in 58.1 innings pitched. Chelsea Thomas is third in the league with a 1.03 earned run average in 155.2 innings, while Kristin Nottelmann’s 2.05 ERA (92.0 innings) is seventh-best in the conference.
TIGERS SWEEP IOWA STATE
The No. 10 Missouri softball team swept the Iowa State Cyclones on April 27-29 in a three game series to improve to 37-10 on the year and 14-7 in Big 12 play. In game one, Missouri scored seven runs in the first two innings, which included back-to-back-to-back homers in the second inning by Ashley Fleming, Kelsea Roth and Nicole Hudson. Rachel Hay added a two-run shot in the fifth to make it 9-0 and secure the five inning run-rule. Chelsea Thomas recorded 11 of her 12 outs by strikeout.
Mizzou scored seven runs in the first two innings again on Saturday on their way to an 8-0 win in six innings. Roth put the Tigers up 4-0 in the first with her first career grand slam and the team added three more in the second, aided by Mackenzie Sykes’ two-run homer. Kristin Nottelmann took a perfect game in to the fifth and ended up allowing just two base runners on the day. On Sunday, the Tigers jumped ahead in the first inning again with a double by Roth and a sacrifice fly by Genovese, giving them a 3-0 lead. Sykes doubled in two in a three-run sixth to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead. Iowa State would fight back, hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth and putting the winner run on second in the seventh, but Mizzou held on for the 6-5 victory.