Mizzou Softball Blows Past Alcorn State
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Behind strong offense and dominant pitching, the No. 12 Missouri softball team opened their home schedule with two run-rule wins on Friday afternoon. The Tigers kicked off the DeMarini Invitational with a 14-1 win over Alcorn State before following with an 8-0 victory over Boise State.
Senior Kristin Nottelmann earned the win in game one, striking out seven hitters while giving up one unearned run on the day to move to 4-2 on the year. Redshirt junior Chelsea Thomas won the nightcap after tossing a one hitter with eight strikeouts and just one walk.
Alcorn State jumped ahead with an unearned run in the first inning to take the early 1-0 lead. Bianca Armstrong led off the game with a walk and Brittanee Crayton singled through the right side to put a pair of runners on. After a strikeout, a passed ball put the runners in scoring position and Rayanna Davis hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Armstrong.
Mizzou scored a pair in the bottom half of the inning to take the 2-1 lead. Jenna Marston walked and stole second to start the inning. Two batters later, Ashley Fleming doubled to right field to score Marston. A throwing error on the play allowed Fleming to come all the way in and score the second run of the inning.
In the second, Angela Randazzo led off with a single and a fielding error by the center fielder put two aboard with one out. After a bunt single by Ashtin Stephens loaded the bases, Marston plated a run with a ground out to second base. A wild pitch allowed Rachel Hay to score, making the score 4-1.
The Tigers would put up five runs in each of the last two innings to give them a season-high 14 runs. In the third, Kelsea Roth singled and moved to second on a fielding error to start the inning. Nicole Hudson then delivered her second home run of the season, a two-run shot, to make it 6-1. Randazzo doubled down the line in left and Lindsey Muller singled to put two aboard, setting up an RBI double by Rachel Hay. Stephens added a sacrifice fly to make it 8-1. Hay scored the final run of the inning on a wild pitch.
Roth started the fourth with a double, and after a Hudson walk, would score on a two-bagger by Kayla Kingsley down the line in right field. After Kelsi Jones was hit by a pitch, Hay doubled for the second time on the afternoon, clearing the bases and extending the lead to 12-1. Mackenzie Sykes added an RBI single and Corrin Genovese drove in a run on a fielder's choice to push the lead to 14-1.
Three Tigers had two hits apiece, led by Hay who scored three times and drove in three runs. Roth also added two hits and a pair of runs, as did Randazzo. Hudson drove in two runs on the home run, her 25th career blast.