Mizzou softball wins all four games at DeMarini Invitational

When it comes to the state rivalry between Missouri and Illinois, the softball prowess in 2011 clearly lies on the western side of the Mississippi River.

The Mizzou Tigers softball team swept all four of their games in the DeMarini Invitational this weekend in Columbia, defeating Illinois State and Illinois twice each.

In their two games with the Illinois State, the Tigers outscored the Redbirds 19-0. Each game lasted just five innings.

Saturday, against Illinois, things were much tighter, as the Tigers were victorious by a narrow 4-3 margin. The Fighting Illini struck first on a two-run single from Meredith Hackett in the third inning. Mizzou quickly tied the game up in the next frame. After Ashley Fleming walked, Catherine Lee blasted a two-run home run over the wall in left field. The following inning, Jenna Marston knocked in a pair of runs with a double to right.

Check out highlights from Saturday’s win over Illinois.

The Tigers knocked off the Illini on Sunday, as well, in a much less dramatic fashion. Mizzou earned the victory by a score of 8-0. Lee had two RBI as a part of a three-run first inning for the Tigers.

Missouri pitching was on full display over the weekend, as well. Chelsea Thomas and Kristin Nottelmann teamed up to pick up two wins a piece. Thomas even earned a save in Saturday’s win against Illinois. Nottelmann’s second win of the weekend Sunday against Illinois State improved her record to 8-0, while Thomas’ win over Illinois Sunday was her sixth of the season.

The Tigers will face another team from the Land of Lincoln in their next outing when they take on Southern Illinois on Wednesday.

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