By Karl Roskamp
Missouri used solid pitching and good hitting to earn two shutouts against Georgia Tech Saturday at University Field in Columbia.
The No. 7 Tigers had five home runs over the two games, including two grand slams. They beat Georgia Tech by a combined total of 24-0.
“I felt good today and when we have run support like that it makes my job really easy,” Thomas said.
In the second inning of the first game, with Missouri up 2-0, Georgia Tech’s Hope Rush intentionally walked designated hitter Nicole Hudson to load the bases. The strategy didn’t pay off as Angela Randazzo hit a grand slam over the left field fence in the following at bat. The Tigers scored six runs in the inning to cruise to an 8-0 win in five innings.
Thomas pitched three innings, struck out six and allowed one hit. Lindsey Muller pitched two innings, struck out one and allowed four hits in relief.
The Tigers won the game on a two-run double by Mackenzie Sykes that enacted the eight-run mercy rule.
“I felt really bad for them,” coach Ehren Earleywine said of his former team. “I’ve been there a time or two where your pitchers can’t find the strike zone and when they do, it gets hit out of the park.”
The second game wasn’t any better for Georgia Tech. Missouri hit four home runs including three in the first inning to win 16-0. Rachel Hay capped the offensive outburst with a grand slam in the second inning that landed in the street to make it 12-0.
Jenna Marston drew a school record-setting 116th walk, one of 15 the Tigers drew on the day.
Thomas threw four innings, striking out five and allowing one hit before Hudson closed out the game with a scoreless fifth inning.
“The last five games we’ve swung the bats really well,” Earleywine said. Missouri has won its games by a combined score of 53-1 in that time.
The Tigers will get the chance to extend their seven game winning streak in a doubleheader against Creighton on Tuesday at University Field.
- Corrin Genovese’s two-run home run in the second game was her first home run of the season.
- Taylor Gadbois’ pinch hit single in the second game was the first hit of her career.
- The Tigers’ four home runs were one short of their season high for home runs in a game.
- Rachel Hay’s grand slam in the second game was the first of her career.
- Chelsea Thomas is now third in the country in ERA at .75.
- Although the Tigers aren’t known for their slugging, Nicole Hudson and Kelsea Roth are third and fifth in nation respectively in slugging percentage.