No. 11 Mizzou Hosts No. 2 Tennessee in Final Regular Season Series

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May 2, 2013

TIGERS VS. LADY VOLS
Game One: Friday, May 3 - 6 p.m. | Mizzou Network | Live Stats
Game Two: Saturday, May 4 - 6:30 p.m. | WatchESPN | KTGR | Live Stats
Game Three: Sunday, May 5 - Noon | Mizzou Network | Live Stats
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LEADING OFF
• #11/11 Mizzou (31-9, 13-7 SEC) returns home to University Field for its final regular season action, a three-game series against SEC foe Tennessee (#4/#2) from Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5. The Friday game starts at 6 p.m., while the Saturday, May 4, contest will be televised nationally by ESPN at 6:30 p.m. The series concludes with a noon first pitch on Sunday. The Saturday game will also be broadcast on KTGR (100.5 FM, 103.1 FM & 1580 AM).

• Head coach Ehren Earleywine leads his Tiger program into the first Mizzou-UT matchups in program history, as well as his first games against the Lady Vols in his career as a head coach. Tennessee enters the games with a 42-7 (15-4 SEC) record.

• A "Senior Day" ceremony will follow the Sunday series finale (Noon) between the Tigers and Lady Vols. Fans are encouraged to stick around for the recognition of Mizzou's six seniors: Rachel Hay, Nicole Hudson, Princess Krebs, Jenna Marston, Lindsey Muller and Chelsea Thomas. Three senior managers will also be honored for their contributions to the Missouri softball program (Lance McMahon, Nikki D'Aurelio and Matt Guemmer).

RECENT SWINGS
• The Tigers finished a doubleheader sweep at Western Illinois with a six-inning, 12-4 win in the second game on Wednesday, April 1. Mizzou claimed a 10-5 victory in the opening game of the doubleheader. Both wins came under starts from senior Nicole Hudson, who improved her pitching record to 9-4 with her efforts in the doubleheader. Sophomore SS Corrin Genovese and senior catcher Jenna Marston led the Tigers offensively, batting 5-for-7 and 6-for-9, respectively.

• Mizzou sealed its series win at No. 19 Kentucky with a 7-0 shutout victory on April 28. The Tigers were led by two-hit days from Genovese, sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo and Marston. Two-time All-American pitcher Chelsea Thomas pitched 6.0 shutout innings in the victory, scattering three hits and two walks.

• The initial win of the series at UK was obtained with a nine-inning, 2-1 victory on April 26. Hudson did it all for Mizzou, first tying the game at 1-1 in the top of the seventh inning with an RBI single before smacking a game-winning solo home run in the top of the ninth. The home run was Hudson's 13th of the season.

MIZZOU MILESTONES
• Thomas became Mizzou's all-time winningest pitcher with her performance in the 6-1 win at LSU (April 19), her 103rd career victory. She surpassed the 30-year old record of 102 set by Teresa Wilson from 1980-83. She earned wins No. 105 and 106 with her weekend at efforts at No. 19 Kentucky (April 26, April 28).

• Marston and Hudson have paved their way solidly into the all-time hits chart at Mizzou. Marston currently has 217 hits, good for No. 5 in Mizzou's record book. Hudson has moved into the No. 9 all-time spot with 200 base knocks. Marston additionally moved into the school's top 10 for career at-bats, where she currently ranks ninth all-time with 647.

• Hudson and Marston are in a tight race to be Mizzou's all-time walks leader by season's end. Hudson is currently Mizzou's all-time leader with 140 walks after recording 41 so far in 2013, while Marston follows at 132 with 23 this season. Marston originally surpassed former standout Jen Bruck's former No. 1 mark of 115 (2005-08) with her 116th walk in the fifth inning of Mizzou's 12-0 (5) win at Ole Miss on March 17.

• Hudson's season total of 41 walks, a career best, currently ranks tied for third all-time. The program record of 46 was set by Marston last season.

TIGERS VS. LADY VOLS
Mizzou, as well as Tennessee, are two of only 12 programs to have a winning record versus RPI 1-25, RPI 26-50 and RPI 51-100 this season. The Tigers carry a No. 13 RPI into this weekend's series, while the Lady Vols are 10th. The other programs are: No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 LSU, No. 5 Oregon, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 12 Michigan, No. 15 South Alabama and No. 16 Louisville.

FOLLOW THE ACTION VS. TENNESSEE
The Saturday game between Mizzou and Tennessee will be broadcast nationally on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. Game one (Friday, 6 p.m.) and game two (Sunday, noon) vs. Tennessee will be carried live on the Mizzou Network and made available to its subscribers. The series will have continual updates to the official Twitter of Mizzou Softball, @MizzouSoftball. Live statistics will be available at MUTigers.com. Saturday's contest will additionally have live radio coverage on KTGR (100.5 FM, 103.1 FM & 1580 AM).

SCOUTING TENNESSEE
• Tennessee enters the series against Mizzou with a 42-7 overall record and 15-4 mark in SEC play. As a team, the Lady Vols are batting at a .344 clip and slugging .540. The squad is helped along by two sluggers hitting above .400: senior third baseman Raven Chavanne (.474) and senior second baseman Lauren Gibson (.433). Chavanne leads the squad in stolen bases, stealing a perfect 35-of-35 this season. The team-leader in hits, Gibson has a team-best 15 home runs and 58 RBI.

• The story for the Lady Vol pitching staff has been a sister act: junior Ellen Renfroe and senior Ivy Renfroe. The younger Renfroe has logged a team-high 136.1 innings for UT, compiling a 15-2 record with a 1.69 ERA and has held batters to a .183 average. The elder sister has pitched 110.0 innings and has built a 16-3 record with a 1.65 ERA.

HUDSON JOINS MARSTON IN `THE 200 CLUB'
With her two hits in Mizzou's six-inning, 12-4 win in game two of the Western Illinois doubleheader, senior Nicole Hudson became just the ninth player in Tiger softball history reach 200 career hits. She joined fellow senior Jenna Marston in group, with Marston ranking fifth all-time with her 217 hits. Hudson stands in ninth currently with 200.

ON DECK
Mizzou will take part in its first Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament from May 8-11, hosted by Kentucky at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Ky. ESPN is set to televise every game of the conference tournament, with the first round (May 8), quarterfinals (May 9) and semifinals (May 10) broadcast live on ESPNU. The SEC Softball Championship will be aired on ESPN2 on Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. CT.

WAIT - HOW MANY?
Mizzou recorded 19 hits in its six-inning, 12-4 win at Western Illinois in the second game of the May 1 doubleheader. The total stands as the Tigers' top hitting output of the 2013 season and also ranked third all-time in the Mizzou record books.

NCAA RPI
Mizzou currently holds a No. 13 RPI (ratings percentage index) from the NCAA (April 29). The squad received a No. 5 ranking in the initial NCAA RPI of the 2013 season, released March 25. Last season, the Tigers began with a No. 15 RPI ranking.

WE'LL HAVE WHAT MARSTON IS HAVING
• Senior catcher Jenna Marston put on a hitting clinic in Mizzou's doubleheader sweep at Western Illinois (10-5, 12-4 [6]) on Wednesday, May 1, batting 6-for-9 (.667) overall. The extremely impressive portion of her day came in the second game, in which Marston set a career-high with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate. Her four hits in the six-inning, 12-4 win over the Leathernecks included two doubles. Marston became just the second Tiger to record a four-hit game this season, with the first belong to senior Lindsey Muller's 4-for-4 outing at UCSB (W, 12-1) on Feb. 17.

• Sophomore SS Corrin Genovese led an impressive showing of the Tigers' bats in the two wins over Western Illinois, hitting 5-for-7 (.714) at the plate in the doubleheader. Sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo and junior OF Mackenzie Sykes both put on 4-for-7 (.571) showings, with Sykes batting a perfect 3-for-3 in the second game.

HUDSON DOES IT AGAIN
Mizzou faced a 1-0 deficit heading into the seventh inning of its Friday, April 26, game at No. 19 Kentucky, but senior Nicole Hudson helped the Tigers take care of that, poking an RBI single out to left field to bring in the tying run. After a fruitless eighth, Hudson launched her 13th home run of the season in the ninth inning to give Mizzou the go-ahead run that resulted in the final score of 2-1.

THE TWO-HIT TWO-STEP
Mizzou's two victories in the series win at No. 19 Kentucky were each powered by trios of two-hit performances. The initial nine-inning, 2-1 win on April 26, saw senior catcher Jenna Marston (2-for-3), senior Nicole Hudson (2-for-4) and junior OF Mackenzie Sykes (2-for-4) get multi-hit games. The series finale win (7-0) on April 28 had Marston (2-for-5), sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo (2-for-3) and sophomore SS Corrin Genovese (2-for-4) doing the work for the Tigers.

WELCOME TO TIGER PARK, Nicole Hudson!
Senior 3B Nicole Hudson did the heavy lifting in Mizzou's 3-2 win to clinch the series at LSU on April 21, hitting two home runs in a game for the third time in her career. Her two-run shot in the third inning and the following solo long ball in the fifth pushed her season total to 12 and her career amount to 42. The second home run hit the top of Tiger Park's scoreboard beyond the right field wall. Hudson batted 6-for-9 in the two wins at LSU.

SKY IS THE LIMIT
As previously mentioned, senior 3B Nicole Hudson and sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth both have smacked 13 and 12 home runs, respectively thus far in 2013. The two big swingers have already surpassed their 2012 (61 games) totals in long balls, during which both recorded seven apiece. Hudson has blasted 43 four-baggers in her career, while Roth has hit 19. Joining them in the home run spree are sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo with eight and junior OF Mackenzie Sykes with seven. The previous season-best for both Randazzo and Sykes was two.

THOMAS IN FINAL 25 FOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Thomas, a two-time All-American, was named a Top 25 finalist for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, the ASA and USA Softball announced April 10. Thomas' inclusion in the 2013 Top 25 marks her third career USA Softball Top 25 recognition. Thomas was one of three overall finalists for the award in 2011 and also advanced to the final 25 finalists last season.

 

 

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