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Mizzou Pitcher Bailey Erwin Transfers

By Karl Roskamp 

Missouri’s number two pitcher Bailey Erwin announced her intent to transfer on Monday afternoon.

“I’ve decided to transfer from Mizzou for personal reasons and will keep those reasons to myself,” Erwin said via Twitter. “I want to thank everyone who has supported me in my time here, especially my teammates.”

Erwin came into the season as the Tiger’s second pitcher behind two time All-American, Chelsea Thomas.  Even though Erwin hasn’t lost a game, Nicole Hudson has challenged her spot in the rotation.

Both are 3-0 with one shutout, but Hudson has a lower ERA, 1.40 to 2.33, and has allowed a lower opponents batting average, .200 to .230.

Recently, coach Ehren Earleywine mentioned that Erwin needed to develop her pitches.  In this year’s Black & Gold Game, he said, “she got hit hard,” because she was continuously throwing fastballs.  Erwin pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed nine hits, including two home runs as well as several hard hit balls that went straight to outfielders.  Earleywine has said she needs to get her change up to “another level” to keep hitters off balance.

Erwin’s departure will leave a large gap in Missouri’s pitching depth.  Despite a shaky start, Erwin pitched 24 innings this season, only four less than Thomas.  Without Erwin’s ability to pitch deep into games, Thomas will likely see less rest.   Earleywine will rely more on Hudson, who prior to the season, hadn’t pitched since 2011 and Lindsey Muller, who pitched one inning this season.

Missouri will play its first series without Erwin starting Friday against No. 9 Texas A&M.

Supervising Editor for this story was Megan Rentschler

Hudson fuels Mizzou to Gaucho Classic title, 5-0 start

Story by Karl Roskamp

Nicole Hudson hit her second home run of the season Friday in the DeMarini Invitational.

Nicole Hudson powered Missouri with five home runs. (KBIA Sports file photo)

Missouri’s Nicole Hudson hit five home runs to help the No. 8/7 Tigers claim the Gaucho Classic title and a 5-0 record.

The senior third basemen hit the five home runs in the first four games, including two against UC Santa Barbara in the 11-3 season-opening victory on Friday. Hudson also drove in 11 runs.

As a team, Missouri hit 14 home runs in the three-day tournament.  The substantial slugging goes against the Tigers’ traditional small-ball style. Last season, Hudson was second on the team in home runs with seven, a total she has almost eclipsed in a weekend of play.  It also took Missouri 18 games last season to reach the 14 home run mark.

Missouri followed up its five home run opening win against UCSB with a 4-0 victory over Fresno State. The Tigers were 0-9 all time against the Bulldogs prior to Friday’s meeting.  Redshirt-senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas led the way with seven shutout innings, nine strikeouts and two hits allowed.  Missouri got all its runs from home runs including a solo home run from Hudson and two home runs from first basemen Kelsea Roth.

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Black team wins behind strong outing from Thomas

By Karl Roskamp

With a thunderous crack, pitcher Chelsea Thomas snapped the bat of Carlie Rose in half.

The otherwise routine ground out highlighted senior Thomas’ dominate performance that propelled the Black Team to defeat the Gold Team 5-1 in Missouri’s annual softball Black & Gold Game at University Field.

“That’s a first. I’ve never had a bat break and fly at me,” Thomas said.

Thomas pitched five shutout innings in the scrimmage, before handing off to senior Lindsey Muller, who didn’t give up an earned run in four innings. Thomas allowed three hits and struck out eight, including five swinging. She did show weaknesses though.

In the top of the fifth inning, Thomas walked the Gold Team’s ninth hitter, senior Princess Krebs; Thomas’ only walk of the day.Thomas managed to strike out freshman Taylor Gadbois to end the inning, but coach Ehren Earleywine recognized the potential problem.

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Erwin earns Game 3 win over Cyclones in first conference start

By Barbara Maningat

Despite a late surge of Cyclone bats, the Tigers managed to keep the lead in a tight Game 3 win to complete the sweep. Missouri consistently dominated Iowa State in the three-game series at Ames, Iowa, taking the Tigers to a 14-7 Big 12 record, 37-10 overall.

In similar fashion to Games 1 and 2, the Tigers wasted no time to run up the scoreboard as they secured a three-run lead at the top of the first inning. After Mackenzie Sykes drew a walk and stole second, Ashley Fleming later singled to Cyclone shortstop Lexi Slater and allowed Sykes to reach third base. Kelsea Roth then capitalized with the runners on base as she doubled to centerfield, scoring Sykes and Fleming. In the next play, Roth got into scoring position when Nicole Hudson singled through the right side. Roth would then run in for the 3-0 Tiger lead on a sacrifice hit by Corrin Genovese.

The hits picked up again in the sixth inning – but this time both teams scored. The Tigers started with a triple by Genovese at the top of the inning, followed by a walk by pinch hitter Rachel Hay. Princess Krebs pinch ran for Hay and stole second to put two runners eager to go home. Kayla Kingsley then singled and advanced to second on the throw, allowing Genovese to score. Krebs and Kinglsey ran home for the 6-0 lead with Sykes’ double to center field. But the Cyclones quickly threatened the Tiger lead. A Cyclone grand slam by Tori Torrescano boosted the momentum for Iowa State at the bottom of the inning, narrowing the gap 6-4.

Missouri was unable to add to the two-run lead at the top of the final inning, so it was up to the Cyclones to topple the Tigers. Pinch hitter Anna Cole singled through the left side and advanced to second on a single by Slater. This was enough to score Cole in the next play, but the Cyclones would end the game leaving three runners stranded and still one run short of extra innings.

Bailey Erwin took the win in her first conference start, pitching four innings allowing only four hits and striking out two.

The Tigers take on Murray State in a doubleheader on Wednesday, beginning at 3 p.m.

No. 10 Tigers run circles around Cyclones in 9-0 win

By Barbara Maningat

The Tigers pounced on the Cyclones for an early lead in the series opener, and four home runs pushed Missouri to a 9-0 win in Game 1 of the three-game series in Ames, Iowa.

Missouri put three on the board with one swing of the bat at the top of the first inning. Three back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Nicole Hudson who singled and drove in two runs. The Tigers drew two more walks by the end of the inning, which gave Mizzou a three-run lead before Iowa State’s first at-bat.

Back-to-back-to-back home runs in the second inning extended the lead, 7-0. This was the first time Missouri recorded such a string of homers since 2007. Jenna Marston drew the fifth walk of the game just before Ashley Fleming drove her in on the first Tiger homer. Kelsea Roth and Hudson each followed up with home runs of their own.

The Tigers ended the game in the fifth inning with a two-run home run by Rachel Hay.

Hudson led the Tiger offense as she went 2-for-2 with one run and three RBIs. Fleming, Marston and Hay went a combined 3-for-5 with five runs scored and four RBIs.

And Chelsea Thomas kept the Cyclones calm. She struck out 11 of her 12 recorded outs, allowing one walk and two hits in four innings. Bailey Erwin closed the game.

The Tigers now sit at 35-10 overall, 12-7 in Big 12 play. Game 2 will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday.

Information used from Mizzou Athletics

Missouri softball splits doubleheader with Texas Tech

By: Kelsie Heneghan

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No. 9 Missouri softball began Saturday with a lead and ended it with a lead, but in between, Mizzou was far from being on top against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders took Game 1 of the doubleheader today 5-4, but the Tigers came back in Game 2 with a 4-1 win in eight innings.

“It was a rough day, rough weekend,” Nicole Hudson said. “To get that win, it was big. It was nice to end it on a positive note.”

In the bottom of the first in Game 1, Jenna Marston walked and then scored on an Ashley Fleming double to left center. A single by Hudson would move Fleming to third, but only for a moment, as Fleming was able to score on the following play when Hudson stole second base. Red Raider catcher Holly Gentsch’s errant throw to second gave Mizzou the 2-0 lead.

The Red Raiders would respond with five runs in the next two innings, taking a 5-2 lead with them through the fourth. Mizzou came back with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth on a homerun by Fleming to score Marston, but it would not be enough as Texas Tech held off all Mizzou offense in the sixth and seventh innings.

After the last out, it was soon decided to move up Sunday’s game to avoid any rain, so the Tigers had 20 minutes to figure out what they needed to fix.

“We just tried to refocus and do what we came out here to do and that was win,” Mackenzie Sykes said.

A win was looking less and less likely with the Red Raiders taking a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning, but the Tigers weren’t ready to give up. To lead off the bottom of the sixth, Hudson belted her sixth home run of the season and tied the game at one.

“I haven’t hit a ball that well in a while,” Hudson said. “I’m just not where I want to be right now, I feel better after today, I think with a lot of our hitters, we’re just not where we want to be and mechanical issues, but I feel like I’m getting closer after today.”

A quiet seventh would take the game into extras, but the Tigers didn’t waste anytime getting on base. Marston led off with a walk and Fleming followed with a single, moving pinch runner Kayla Kingsley to second. After a fly out by Hudson, Mackenzie Sykes stepped up to the plate.

“I was just trying to get a ball over the plate and take it the other way and hopefully move the runners,” Sykes said.

On a 2-0 pitch, Sykes did just that, crushing the ball over the right field wall for the walk-off home run.

“It was a great feeling just the fact that we won the game, I know any girl in that lineup could’ve done that and it was just a great feeling, knowing that we won,” Sykes said.

Chelsea Thomas pitched all eight innings allowing just two hits with 11 strikeouts, working around the three Tiger errors.

“After an error is made, I feel like my job is to pick that person up and that makes me want to strike out the next person even more,” Thomas said.

Two of those errors came from shortstop Princess Krebs, who did not play in the first game of the day.

“She’s just having a tough time right now, and hitting .200. If she was squashing it, you’d leave her in there, maybe, but she’s having a tough time,” coach Ehren Earleywine said.

But Krebs isn’t the only one having a tough time.

“I think this week a lot of us are probably going to do a lot of individual work, coming in before practice, staying after practice, just doing what we have to do individually to get ourselves to where we can hit the ball,” Hudson said. “I think right now, we just all around, everybody individually, needs to get better.”

The Tigers have three days to improve before Western Illinois comes to town on Wednesday; first pitch is set for 4 p.m.

Tiger Softball Loses Opener against Texas

By Kelsie Heneghan

Coming off a five-game winning streak, the No. 11 Missouri Tiger softball team hoped to carry its momentum into Austin, but the No. 3 Texas Longhorns had other plans. The Longhorns beat the Tigers 9-5 in a competitive opener of a three-game series.

Big 12 Pitcher of the Week recipient Chelsea Thomas allowed only two base runners in the first four innings, but her dominance ended there. She gave up six runs, five unearned, on seven hits in five innings. She gave up her seventh hit to start the bottom of the sixth and coach Ehren Earleywine had seen enough, bringing in Bailey Erwin in relief. Erwin gave up three runs on two hits in her one inning of work.

Mizzou’s offense started when Ashton Stephens led off the third with a single and Jenna Marston followed with a hit of her own. The runners advanced to second and third on the throw by the Longhorn’s left fielder. Texas pitcher Blaine Luna later issued an intentional walk to Nicole Hudson to load the bases. Ashley Fleming then reached on an erroneous throw by Texas shortstop Taylor Thom, resulting in two Tiger runs scored by Stephens and Marston.

The Longhorn errors continued in the fifth inning when Marston reached on Thom’s second error of the game. Marston was able to reach third after a sacrifice bunt by Corrin Genovese. A walk by Hudson set up Fleming with two on and one out. With a single to right field by Fleming, Marston was able to score her second unearned run of the game. The Tigers stretched its lead to 3-0, but the Longhorns would respond with five runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to take a 9-3 lead.

Mizzou was able to get the bases loaded in the seventh with just one out for Fleming. She singled to left, scoring Marston and Stephens; however, the Tiger rally was short-lived as Kelsea Roth struck out and Lindsey Muller flied out to end the game.

Mizzou is now 4-3 on the road this season and 7-3 in conference games. The Tigers look to even the score against Texas in Game 2, Friday at 7:00 p.m.

Information from MU athletics was used in this report.

Three home runs propel Missouri Tigers to Game 1 win over Baylor

By Barbara Maningat

Three Missouri Tiger home runs, including a Lindsey Muller grand slam, lit up the scoreboard in Game 1 of the three-game series against Baylor, Friday, March 30. The Tigers took the 6-1 win, scoring all runs off the bats of Nicole Hudson, Corrin Genovese and Muller.

After a quiet first inning, Hudson and Genovese put Missouri on the board each with solo homers in back-to-back innings. Both hit their third home runs of the season. They made their hits count as Hudson went 1-for-3 with one run and one RBI and Genovese went 1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI.

Muller blasted her fourth season home run with a grand slam in the sixth inning. A Genovese walk, followed by singles by Jenna Marston and Kelsea Roth loaded the bases for the four-run rally. Muller went 1-for-3 on the game.

Chelsea Thomas delivered from the mound with seven strikeouts and allowed only three hits in five innings. Bailey Erwin relieved Thomas in the sixth inning and allowed one unearned run in two innings. She closed the game with three hits and one strikeout.

The Tigers improved to a 5-2 record in conference play and a 26-5 record overall. Game 2 starts at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at University Field.

No. 12 Missouri softball sweeps DeMarini Invitational with six run-rule victories

By Barbara Maningat

Power hitting pushed No. 12 Missouri softball to close out an undefeated record at the DeMarini Invitational with its fifth and sixth straight run-rule victories against Alcorn State, 9-0, and Northern Illinois, 8-0. Against the Alcorn State Braves, Kelsi Jones joined Lindsey Ubrun as the second Mizzou player to record at least two home runs in one game. Corrin Genovese hit her second home run of the season against the Braves. Princess Krebs continued the home run trend with one against the Northern Illinois Huskies.

Missouri v. Alcorn State

Genovese started strong in the first, with a home run to give Missouri the 1-0 lead. A Genovese triple in the second scored Jones and Rachel Hay. Kayla Kingsley took her home with a base hit.

Clutch pitching by freshman Bailey Erwin stranded two Braves on base and kept the score at 4-0 at the top of the third. Jones then added the sixth run with her first homer of the day.

In the fourth inning, Jones delivered with a powerful grand slam sending Mackenzie Sykes, Kelsea Roth and Angela Randazzo home. Erwin sealed the shutout in the fifth after striking out a batter with two threatening Braves on base.

Jones also drove in five runs, the most RBIs recorded by a single Tiger in one game this season. Genovese went 2-for-2 with two runs and a career-high three RBIs. The shutout win improved Erwin to a 4-0, with three strikeouts and only four hits.

Missouri v. Northern Illinois

The Tigers and the Huskies put runners on base in the first two innings but did not light up the scoreboard until the bottom of the fourth. The Huskies came close to recording a run when Huskie Jennifer Barnette hit a single with players on first and second. Hudson got the out when the runner tried to run for home, preventing a Tiger deficit. In the bottom of the second, the Tigers struggled to hit players home, leaving six batters stranded.

The game changer came when Krebs hit a line drive to center that put her on base with one out. Mackenzie Sykes then hit a fly ball into right field recording her first career triple, which scored Krebs. Sykes scored after a wild pitch, putting Missouri on the board 2-0.

The Tigers found momentum and batted in six more players in the fifth off of five hits. Defensive errors contributed to three Tiger runs to lead off the inning. Kelsea Roth drew a walk and ran home after Hudson hit a double. A base hit by Angela Randazzo sent Hudson running for third, but Huskie catcher Erika Oswald missed the attempted out at third with a wide throw into left field that helped Hudson contribute a 5-0 cushion.

And then Krebs capitalized. She scored Muller off her first home run of the season. Sykes got on base and advanced to third by the time Ashley Fleming batted her in with a line drive to center.

Krebs finished 3-for-3 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs. This win gave Kristin Nottelmann a 5-2 record with six strikeouts and only three hits.

Missouri softball will head to Fayetteville on Wednesday to face Arkansas at 1 p.m. The Tigers face their first Big 12 competition when they host Kansas in a three game series starting on Friday at 6 p.m.

Information from MU Athletics was used in this report.

No. 5 Mizzou softball goes 3-1 in Quality Inn Classic

By Kelsie Heneghan

The No. 5 Missouri softball team kicked off the season last weekend going 3-1 in the Quality Inn Classic in Troy, Ala. The Classic was a round robin tournament with Missouri, Troy, Ball State, Eastern Kentucky and Eastern Tennessee State. Missouri’s sole loss was against Eastern Kentucky Saturday in a 10-inning, 6-5 battle.

Missouri beat Ball State 3-2 on Friday, the first day of the tournament. Kristin Nottelmann pitched six shutout innings with seven strikeouts. Right fielder Ashley Fleming and designated player Nicole Hudson had a hit and an RBI each to lead the Tigers.

Friday evening Mizzou faced Troy with Chelsea Thomas leading the Tigers to a 4-0 victory. Thomas allowed just two hits and two walks.  Centerfielder Kayla Kingsley had two RBIs in the team’s victory.

The second day of the tournament brought more of a challenge when Missouri faced Eastern Kentucky. The Tigers held a 3-1 lead going into the top of the seventh inning, but the Colonels scored three against freshman pitcher Bailey Erwin, making her first start. In the bottom of the seventh, Fleming was hit by a pitch. A Hudson single and a sacrifice bunt by designated player Lindsey Muller moved Fleming to third. Shortstop Corrin Genovese then hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Fleming and send the game into extra innings.

The international tiebreaker rule went into effect, meaning that after seven innings, the last player at bat starts the next inning at second base and another full inning is played.

Thomas relieved Erwin in the eighth inning. Both teams scored in in the ninth and EKU scored in the top of the 10th to take a 6-5 lead. The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the 10th, with Princess Krebs at third, but she was tagged at the plate on a Mackenzie Sykes ground ball to the Colonels’ pitcher. Thomas got the loss for the Tigers, bringing her record to 1-1.

After rain pushed the Mizzou-Eastern Tennessee State match-up to Sunday, the Tigers came out ready to move on from their loss Saturday. The Tigers won 9-3 with Nottelmann getting her second win of the tournament. Muller hit two home runs while Hudson had a solo shot of her own to start the game.

The Tigers now look to the Cathedral City Classic beginning Friday, Feb 24 in Palm Springs, Calif., where they take on UC Davis, Nebraska, Washington, Northwestern, and UCLA.

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