Oct. 1, 2009
Columbia, Mo. - The Missouri softball team will continue its fall schedule Saturday, Oct. 3, in a Noon (CT) game against Johnson County Community College and 2 p.m. (CT) contest against Iowa Central Community College. Both games will be played on University Field and are free and open to the public.
The Tigers shutout both of their opponents from last Saturday's doubleheader, blanking North Central College, 12-0, before holding off Heartland Community College, 3-0. Missouri pitchers Kristin Nottelmann (Fenton, Mo.) and Jana Hainey (Peculiar, Mo.) combined for the no hitter against North Central. Through three games, Nottelmann, Hainey and game two starter Chelsea Thomas, combined for 26 strikeouts, while Missouri's opponents struck out only five.
Freshman Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) had the hottest bat in Missouri's Saturday doubleheader. The newcomer averaged .800 through two games, managing three home runs in five at bats and five RBI. Transfer Catherine Lee (Covington, Ga.) also had a solid first outing as a Tiger, hitting .667 and two home runs aiding her 2.667 slugging percentage.
Johnson County Community College closed out its 2009 campaign with a 35-13 record that included a Region VI Title and trip to NJCAA postseason. The Lady Cavaliers return six starters and one pitcher to their lineup and have 12 newcomers on their roster. Among those returning is second team NFCA All-American Christi Clevenger, a third baseman and 2009 team MVP for the Lady Cavaliers. Clevenger was one of six JCCC softball players to earn first team NJCAA All-Region VI/District E accolades. In the circle, Lacy Dixon returns for the Lady Cavaliers. As a freshman in 2009, Dixon notched a 13-3 record that included 94 strikeouts and a 2.75 ERA. For her work, Dixon was named to the First Team All-Region VI/District E and Second Team All-East Jayhawk Conference.
The Tritons of Iowa Central finished fifth at the NJCAA II National Tournament in 2009, earning the title of Region XI Champions and District F Champions as well as co-champions of the ICCAC. Twelve members of the Iowa Central softball squad averaged over .300 in 2009 and as a team, the Tritons finished the year at 62-8. Nicole Dana, a sophomore pitcher, finished her first year with the Tritons at 21-3 with a team-best 1.37 ERA that included 200 strikeouts in 163 innings of work. Dana recorded two solo shutouts and three saves.