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Roth grand slam helps Tigers to another run-rule victory over Cyclones

By Barbara Maningat

After some concern with Tiger hitting in recent conference games, Missouri has had no problem with its at-bats, taking two of the three game series against Iowa State. Kelsea Roth and Mackenzie Sykes added to the Tiger home run count on the weekend series against the Cyclones, helping them to another run-rule victory in Game 2. The Tigers shut out the Cyclones in six innings in large part to Roth’s grand slam in the first inning.

The Tigers gave Kristin Nottelmann plenty of run support before she even took the circle. Back-to-back singles by Sykes and Jenna Marston put runners on second and third, just before Ashley Fleming drew a walk to load the bases. That’s when Roth hit a grand slam to put four runs on the board.

Two hits in the second inning put Missouri up 7-0. Ashtin Stephens singled to left field just before Sykes hit a two-run homer at the top of the inning. In the next play, Martson’s double to left center was enough for Fleming to work with as Fleming singled through the right side to send Marston home.

The game-ending run didn’t come until the sixth inning. Briana Corwin singled to the shortstop and advanced to second on a wild pitch to Corrin Genovese. Genovese then singled and scored Corwin.

In her fifth shutout of the season, Nottelmann recorded one hit and one walk, striking out two in her six innings pitched. She improved to 12-3 on the season.

Sykes led the team as she went 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs. Roth topped the Tigers with four RBIs on the game, while Martson and Corwin each recorded two runs.

The Tigers now sit at 13-7 in Big 12 play and are 9-5 in away games. They complete the series in Ames, Iowa, on Sunday at noon.

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.

Missouri softball beats Northern Iowa 3-1, but not enough for coach Earleywine

Story by Kelsie Heneghan

Photos by Barbara Maningat

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According to the scoreboard, Missouri softball beat Northern Iowa, 3-1, but that is not how coach Ehren Earleywine saw things. Throughout the game, he grew frustrated with many aspects of the game, including the timing of Mizzou hitters.

“All day long for seven innings against Northern Iowa, we had zero timing,” Earleywine said. “We kept swinging early on her change up and late on her drop. Once again, we got caught dual-minded, we’re trying to hit both pitches and you get caught in between.”

Mackenzie Sykes was able to get her timing down for at least one at bat as she connected in the second inning for an RBI double to score Corrin Genovese. Genovese, who had mostly been batting second in the lineup, was bumped down to sixth to put Ashtin Stephens second.

“The six-hole is a really valuable spot, it’s the most underrated spot in the lineup,” Earleywine said. “Genovese seems to me like a good kid for that spot. Now today it didn’t work out, but it worked pretty well down in Texas and I don’t know, we’ll probably stay with it over the weekend.”

The Tigers’ other runs came in the third on a sacrifice fly by Nicole Hudson to score Jenna Marston and in the fourth on a bases load walk by Marston to score Genovese. Marston tied a Mizzou record with four walks in a game and is now one walk away from second place on the all-time walk list with 95.

“I should be swinging more, being more aggressive, but I’m getting on base, so I can’t be too disappointed,” Marston said.

As the catcher, Marston said pitcher Kristin Nottelmann did well in her five innings of work, but Earleywine disagreed.

“I didn’t think she threw well at all. She’s a rise ball pitcher and I didn’t see anybody swing under any pitches and that’s a bad sign,” Earleywine said. “She’s going to need to be better on Saturday, for sure.”

Earleywine’s biggest frustration might have been with the umpires, especially on a stolen base call in the fifth inning. The NCAA softball rule state a player cannot attempt to steal a base when the pitcher has both feet inside the pitcher’s circle. On this play, the first base umpire saw Kristin’s feet come out and he allowed the stolen base by Northern Iowa’s Whitney Plein.

“The home plate umpire told me that he saw it. She has both feet in the pitcher’s circle and he said, ‘Well, if you can get the first base umpire to talk to me about it…’ and obviously that didn’t work,” Earleywine said. “This was the worst officiated game we have had in a long time, all the way around.”

After all the problems Earleywine saw, he was able to find at least one bright spot to this win.

“It’s kind of a good thing though that we played bad, because now, maybe they’ll come into Friday, wanting to make up for that,” Earleywine said.

The Tigers take a 22-game home winning streak into the weekend against Texas Tech. Game 1 starts Friday at 6 p.m.

Information from MU Athletics was used in this report.

No. 12 Mizzou softball take two against Evansville

By: Kelsie Heneghan

With the University of Missouri on spring break, the softball team did not skip a beat taking two games against the Evansville Aces 4-2 and 7-0 in Columbia on Wednesday.

In Game 1 pitcher Kristin Nottelmann started out shaky with five walks and two hits in the first three innings, but settled down with a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth. She ended up allowing four hits and six walks with four strikeouts in her ninth win of the season.

The Mizzou offense backed Nottelmann up with RBIs by Nicole Hudson, Angela Randazzo, and Brianna Corwin.

The Tigers continued hot hitting in Game 2 with all of their runs coming on home runs by Ashley Fleming, Kelsea Roth, Rachel Hay. Roth and Hay led the team with three RBIs each.

Pitcher Chelsea Thomas improved to 12-3 on the year striking out 11 of the 16 batters she faced. Bailey Erwin came in to relieve Thomas in the fifth inning, earning her first save of the season.

Former Tiger and Boonville native Lisa Simmons came home Wednesday as an assistant coach for the Aces. Simmons went to the World Series three times in her tenure at Mizzou from 2008-2011.

The Tigers end spring break hosting a three-game series against Baylor beginning Friday, March 30 at 6 p.m.

Missouri softball ends Kansas rivalry with three shutout victories

Story by Barbara Maningat
Photos by Kelsie Heneghan

With two wins on Sunday, the No. 12 Missouri softball team took a three-game series from Big 12 rival Kansas by a combined score of 24-0.

Kelsi Jones scores

Mackenzie Sykes (4) Lindsey Muller (22) and Nicole Hudson (8) congratulate designated player Kelsi Jones after she hit her second home run of the series.

The games took the all-time border war record to 63-40 in favor of Missouri. The Tigers have recorded seven straight shutout victories and are on a 14-game winning streak. They have only allowed three runs over the 14 game span.

Overall, the Tigers are satisfied with how they ended the era.

“We definitely wanted to come out and show them how good we are. Go out on a good note,” senior Ashley Fleming said. “I don’t know if they’ll end up playing them in the regular season next year or not, but conference-wise this is the last time, so I don’t think we could’ve done it any better than we did.

Kansas struggled to respond to the 24 Missouri runs on the series and could only deliver 10 hits.

Kelsi Jones and Fleming led the Tigers. Each player recorded game-ending home runs in run-rule victories. Jones finished the series with a team high six RBIs, two runs and two hits. Fleming went 4-for-11 with three runs and three RBIs.

Jones contributions were clear on paper, but her teammates also took notice.

“To come in and pinch hit on Friday and to hit a home run, that’s pretty big and then she came up big again for us today,” Chelsea Thomas said. “So that confidence building, building into the next couple weekends, is going to be huge.”

Doubleheader Game 1, 5-0 Missouri

In the first game of the doubleheader, Chelsea Thomas threw a shutout. The win improved her record to 10-0 on the season. Jenna Marston and Fleming each went 2-for-3 and scored one run each. Lindsey Muller added two RBIs on one hit.

The Tigers took an early three run lead in the first inning. Corrin Genovese drew a walk and advanced to second on a line drive from Fleming. Nicole Hudson then reached first on a fielding error by Jayhawk first baseman Marissa Ingle and advanced to second. Genovese scored an unearned run on the same play to put Missouri on the board. A wild pitch by Alecia Pille allowed Fleming to come home for another unearned Tiger run. The pitch put Hudson in scoring position. Muller closed the inning with a sacrifice ground out to shortstop Mariah Montgomery to score Hudson.

The game slowed down until the bottom of the fourth inning. Marston singled up the middle and advanced to second after Genovese was hit by a pitch. Muller recorded her second RBI scoring Marston with a single to left field.

In the fourth inning, Mackenzie Sykes singled to right field and advanced to third off an Ashtin Stephens double. Sykes added another Tiger run when Jenna Marston grounded out to second base.

Doubleheader Game 2, 9-0 Missouri

Kristin Nottelmann pitched a season high six shutout innings. Nottelman struck out seven batters and allowed only two hits. This win improved her record to 6-2. Fleming and Jones led the game with three RBIs apiece.

The Tigers churned out six runs in the bottom of the third inning, while the Jayhawks struggled from the mound. Kansas pitcher Morgan Druhan issued a walk to Genovese and pushed Marston to second. Fleming then smacked a line drive double deep into center field, scoring Marston for the first run of the game. Druhan then issued walks to Hudson and Muller that scored Genovese and loaded the bases. A sacrifice fly by Princess Krebs sent Fleming home for a 3-0 lead before Jones homered to right field. Krebs gave Mizzou a 6-0 advantage.

The score would remain at 6-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning. The Tigers looked for just two runs to end the game. Marston added one when she doubled then scored off a hit by Angela Randazzo.

Then, in similar fashion to the game-winning home run by Jones in game one of the series, Fleming homered to right field for two RBIs and closed the game 9-0.

“It felt good. It was good to end the weekend on a hit like that,” Fleming said.

Missouri now sits at a 20-3 and 3-0 in conference play. The Tigers take on Iowa in another doubleheader on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

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.

Mizzou softball seniors leading the team by example

By Barbara Maningat and Kelsie Heneghan

 With 10 freshmen on the Missouri softball team, the Tigers look to seniors Ashley Fleming and Kristin Nottelmann for leadership.

Coach Ehren Earleywine has not asked either of the players to step-up, but his seniors have taken charge with the motto, “lead by example.” As the team’s 2011 top hitter, Fleming leads with her bat and offensive skills. Nottelmann, a pitcher, shows how to have grace and poise as the No. 2 starter.

Freshmen Kelsea Roth and Corrin Genovese have taken notice and hope to help the seniors return to the Women’s College World Series in their final season.

Tiger fans enjoy a full weekend of fun, sun and victory

Rhea Taylor, second from left gets a high five from Cat Lee and celebrates other teammates after Taylor hit a homerun in the final game against DePaul Sunday. Taylor led all Mizozu players this weekend in average (.600), hits (12), runs (8), RBIs (7), home runs (2), steals (7) and total bases (19).

Thousands of fans came out Saturday and Sunday to watch the top-seeded Missouri Tigers try to extend their run toward the Women’s College World Series. Here are some of the sights from the five games Missouri played over the weekend.

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Hay’s first home run shows dedication of Tiger subs

By Darren Hellwege, KBIA Sports Director

Mizzou pinch hitter Rachel Hay (00) hit her first home run of the year to push Mizzou's lead to 10-0 in the fifth inning.

When you work hard all week in practice, go out on game day and get two hits, get interviewed by media and see your name in the paper, kids ask you for your autographs, you know what the work is for.

But what about the players who are out every day for practice, then spend game days on the bench? Whose names are barely recognized? What about a player like sophomore Rachel Hay, with only five at-bats in the Tigers’ 20 games this season?

Her hard work and patience was rewarded when given an opportunity to pinch hit Friday, and she responded with her first hit of the season, a home run to dead center field that was part of an offensive barrage for the Tigers in a 10-0 victory over Western Michigan in the Wilson Classic in a game shortened to five innings by the run rule. The home run by Hay set off a mad celebration by her teammates. “They know that she grinds it out every day in practice and has nothing to show for it,” said Tiger coach Ehren Earleywine.

Hay wasn’t the only player usually found on the Tiger bench who contributed to the victory. Shana White was 2-2 while Ashley Ortega and Taylor Duplechain each added hits.

“That’s the funnest day for me, when I have the opportunity to let those kids play,” said Earleywine. “I have two young kids of my own now who are just getting into sports, and so I see it from a different angle now, it just means so much to some of these parents whose kids never get to play to see their kids get a hit.”

Earleywine then recounted watching in the stands as Hay rounded the bases following her homer, and watching her father. “He jumped that high (hand held well off the ground) and went ‘wah-hoo!’ it was all I could do to keep my composure over there.”

The Tigers got things going early, scoring 5 in the first inning on RBI hits by Ashley Fleming, Princess Krebs and Lisa Simmons. Then in the third, a two-run double by Fleming was followed by a two-run homer by Lindsey Muller, her second of the season. The game was already well in hand when Hay lead off the fifth with her blast.

As strong as the Tigers were at the plate, they got an equally outstanding performance in the circle, where Kristin Nottelmann came within one strike of a no-hitter, which would have been her second and the Tigers’ fourth in the month of March. WMU’s Courtney Rousseau hit a sharp grounder down the third base line that just got past Mackenzie Sykes. Although there might have been those who’d have liked to have seen it called an error to keep the no-hitter alive, it was clearly a base hit.

Nottlemann said she spent the game working on her changeup, which at times during the game baffled Bronco batters. Although her control wasn’t it’s best, with four walks, she struck out eight and at times looked absolutely unhittable.

She noted that the team seemed to play with an energy and enthusiasm that was missing from the day’s first game. “The bench seemed too mellow earlier, we knew we needed to get up for this one. It’s hard to get up for these games, but it’s important. If we can’t, how can we get up for the Big 12 games”

With today’s pair of victories, the Tigers now sit at 19-3 on the year. They have three more games this weekend, wrapping up non-conference play before starting up the Big 12 season in Lawrence next Wednesday against the Kansas Jayhawks.

And once those games start, while the Tigers will be counting on big things from the team’s stars like pitchers Chelsea Thomas and Nottelmann, and big hitters like Ashley Fleming, Rhea Taylor and Jenna Marston, they also know that behind them on the bench are players like Rachel Hay, working just as hard, and hoping for just that one swing so that they, too, can contribute to a Tiger victory.

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