By Barbara Maningat
Consistency from the mound and a late home run delivered the Missouri Tigers to a 4-0 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in their first midweek game of the season.
Against a future SEC rival, the Tigers proved to be a threat to the Razorbacks as senior Chelsea Thomas dominated the mound with four no-hit shutout innings.
Freshman Bailey Erwin took the mound to relieve Thomas in the fifth. Erwin allowed the one of the only two hits of the game to Razorback Amanda Geile. Geile would remain on first as Erwin forced three outs at the plate. Senior Kristin Nottelmann allowed one hit and one walk at the bottom of the seventh, but the Razorbacks could not deliver.
The Tigers wasted no time as Nicole Hudson singled to bring in Jenna Marston, reached on a fielder’s choice in the first. Senior Ashley Fleming then scored on an unearned run, bringing the Tigers to an early 2-0 lead.
The score froze as the Tigers struggled to bring home any runners on base, leaving eight teammates stranded on the game.
At the top of the third, Marston singled to left field but is out at second after Fleming batted to first. Kelsea Roth and Hudson each took a hit from Arkansas pitcher Ciara Clampitt and walked to load the bases. Angela Randazzo and Lindsey Muller lined out to shortstop Clarisa Navarro and third baseman Chloe Oprzedek, ending the inning with three runners stranded.
Krebs got on base and advanced to second in the fourth inning, but was left stranded as Genovese grounded out and Marston struck out at the plate from relief Razorback pitcher Chelsea Cohen.
At the bottom of the inning, Navarro was hit by a Thomas pitch and stole second after Devon Wallace is struck out swinging. Navarro would stay put as the Razorbacks continued to ground out to end the third.
In the fifth, the Tigers loaded the bases quickly as Fleming singled up the middle and is pushed along with two walks for Hudson and Randazzo. Muller and Krebs were unable to bat in their teammates as they struck out and grounded out to end Tiger infield play.
The Tigers woke up in the seventh when Randazzo hit her first home run of the season, bringing in Kingsley for a Tiger 4-0 gap.
Fleming led the Tigers with two hits and one run scored against the Razorbacks.
The Tigers now look to the weekend as they kick off conference play in a three game series against the Kansas Jayhawks at University Field, starting on Friday at 6 p.m.