Softball Closes Non-Conference Season at No. 12 Oregon

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May 3, 2012

No. 9 Mizzou at No. 12 Oregon

  • Game One: Friday, May 4 - 8 p.m. CT
  • Game Two: Saturday, May 5 - 3 p.m. CT
  • Game Three: Saturday, May 5 - 5 p.m. CT
  • Location: Eugene, Ore.
  • Stadium: Howe Field
  • Live Stats: GoDucks.com
  • Live Video: GoDucks.com
  • Media Notes

The No. 9 Tigers close their non-conference schedule with a three game series at No. 12 Oregon this weekend. Action gets underway on Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m. CT and wraps up with a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. CT. Live stats and live video will be available at goducks.com, while the Mizzou Softball Twitter, @MizzouSoftball, will provide updates throughout the weekend.

SCOUTING OREGON
The Ducks are ranked No. 13 by the NFCA/USA Today and are 12th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. They also boast one of the best RPI’s in the country, coming in at seventh in the this past week’s rankings. They are 36-12 on the year and 11-8 in the Pac-12 Conference. Oregon has won seven of their last 10 games and are coming off a midweek doubleheader sweep over Seattle and took two out of three last weekend at Arizona.

On the offensive side, the Ducks are hitting .319 as a team, backed by seven starters who are hitting over .300. Samantha Pappas leads the team with a .394 batting average and has also added six home runs and 29 RBI. Christie Nieto has posted a .358 average along with seven blasts and 27 driven in. Kelsey Chambers is hitting .324 with eight home runs and 43 RBI, while Kaylan Howard (.324, 41 RBI) and Kailee Cuico (.298, 44 RBI) lead the team with nine home runs each.

Jessica Moore is the team’s ace, appearing in 37 games and putting together a 24-9 record with a 2.25 earned run average. She has struck out 182 batters and walked 74 in 208.0 innings pitched. Karissa Hovinga also sees time in the circle and is currently 12-3 with a 3.23 ERA in 25 appearances.

Missouri and Oregon last met in the 2010 Super Regionals, where the Tigers swept the best-of-three series to advance to their second straight Women’s College World Series. Overall, the Tigers have won the last three meetings between these two teams and have won four of the five overall.

FOLLOW LIVE
Live stats will be provided at goducks.com. Fans can watch live video for a fee at the same website. The official Mizzou Softball Twitter account, @MizzouSoftball, will provide updates during each game.

WHAT’S NEXT
Missouri wraps up the regular season next weekend with a three game series against the Oklahoma State Cowgirls. The team’s will play on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. before closing out the season with Senior Day at Noon on Sunday. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for information throughout the week.

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 113 career appearances. Kristin Nottelmann is just outside the top-10 with 111 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 422 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 .342 is currently tied for seventh-best in MU history.
• This season, Fleming has broken into the top-10 for career hits with 189, tying her for ninth-most all-time. If she can get 11 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 tied for third all-time in home runs with 40. 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 (152) and Fleming (149) are also in the top-10 in runs scored, coming in at fourth and sixth, respectively.
• Fleming is fourth all-time with 164 RBI, while Hudson has climbed her way up to seventh with 128.
• Marston is 11 walks shy from becoming the program’s all-time record holder in the category. Fleming and Hudson have both drawn 94 and 91 career 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.

FLEMING JOINS 40 HOME RUN CLUB
With her solo home run in the sixth inning in game one of a doubleheader with Murray State, senior Ashley Fleming became the fourth Tiger in Missouri softball history to hit 40 or more career home runs. She is currently tied for third all-time with Micaela Minner. Amanda Renth is second all-time with 43 homers hile Jen Bruck is the program’s all-time leader at 47.

MARSTON TWO WALKS SHY OF SINGLE-SEASON RECORD
After taking three walks in the Murray State doubleheader, junior Jenna Marston now has 42 on the season, putting her one shy of tying Jen Bruck (2008) and two shy of become the single season record holder. Marston is 11 walks shy of breaking Bruck’s career record of 115.

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 is tied for the league  lead with a 0.97 mark in 65.0 innings pitched. Chelsea Thomas is third in the league with a 1.03 earned run average in 155.2 innings, while Kristin Nottelmann’s 2.12 ERA (99.0 innings) is seventh-best in the conference.

TIGERS SPLIT MURRAY STATE DOUBLEHEADER
The No. 9 Missouri Tigers split a doubleheader with the Murray State Racers on Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers came out victorious in a wild game one, overcoming Murray State’s four run sixth inning that tied the game to pull out the 5-4 win. Missouri fell behind in game two and came up short in their seventh inning rally, losing 3-2.

In game one, Mizzou scored three times in the third to take the lead. Mackenzie Sykes singled in Ashtin Stephens, who reached on a bunt single, and Kelsea Roth later brought in two with a bases loaded single. Corrin Genovese added a sacrifice fly in the fourth to make it 4-0.  Freshman pitcher Bailey Erwin cruised through five shutout innings and was replaced in the circle by Fleming in the top of the sixth, who was making her first pitching appearance since last season. Fleming ran into trouble, loading the bases and forcing the Tigers to bring Erwin back in. Murray State would tie the game with four runs in the inning, but Fleming avenged her rough pitching outing with a solo home run to give Mizzou the 5-4 win.

In game two, the teams were scoreless until the fourth inning, when Murray State took their first lead of the day with a three-spot in the inning. Mizzou had chances in the fourth and fifth innings but didn’t score until the seventh. They loaded the bases with no outs and Rachel Hay singled to bring in two and cut the lead to 3-2. Mizzou would load the bases again with one out but the Racers got a strikeout and pop out to end it.


 

 

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