Hudson Powers Tigers to 6-3 Victory
COLUMBIA - The 8th ranked Missouri Tigers beat the 3rd ranked Texas Longhorns 6-3 on Sunday, spliting the two game series while keeping their Big 12 title hopes alive. Nicole Hudson led the offense, going 3-4 with a homerun and 3 RBI. Rhea Taylor had two hits and scored twice, while Jenna Marston went 2-2 with a walk, two runs scored and 2 RBI.
With the win, the Tigers inprove their record to 43-7 and 12-3 in Big 12 conference play. They are still one full game behind Texas, who is 45-7 and 14-3 in the Big 12.
Texas jumped ahead first in the first inning on a fielder's choice by Amy Hooks. Missouri answered back in the bottom of their first with a run of their own on an RBI base hit by Hudson, singling in Taylor.
Taylor Thom of the Longhorns struck next, hitting a two-run home run in the top of the third with two outs. The Tigers struck back again in the bottom of the inning again, with Hudson hitting a two-run home run of her own, tieing the game at 3-3. The home run was Hudson's 11th on the year, setting a new career-best and putting her in the team lead.
Mizzou took control with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Taylor Duplechain scored on a base hit by Marston through the left side of the infield. Hudson the followed by hitting a gapper, that would bring Marston all the way around from first in to score, putting the Tigers up 5-3.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers added an insurance run with an RBI hit by Marston, scoring Taylor from second.
Chelsea Thomas picked up the victory and improved to 25-5 on the season, going the distance allowing three runs while striking out eight and walking two. With her second strikeout of the game, she became the first Tiger pitcher ever with 300 strikeouts in a single season.
With the win, Missouri's Big 12 title hopes remain intact. If the Tigers beat Oklahoma State on Wednesday and sweep Iowa State next weekend, they guarantee themselves a split of the Big 12 championship at worst. If Texas loses to Baylor next Sunday and Missouri wins out, the Tigers would be the outright champions.
The makeup game between the Tigers and Oklahoma State Cowgirls will start at 1 p.m. CT on Wednesday in Stillwater, Okla. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for more information.