Mizzou Softball Defeats Baylor
COLUMBIA - Backed by three home runs, the No. 12 Missouri Tigers opened up their three-game set against the No. 17 Baylor Bears, winning 6-1 on Friday evening. The victory is the team's 19th straight at University Field and improves the Tigers to 26-5 (5-2 Big 12) on the season.
In the second inning, junior Nicole Hudson put the Tigers on the board with a solo home run to right-center field, a no-doubter for her third of the year. The following inning, freshman Corrin Genovese added her third homer of the season, hooking a liner just around the foul pole in left field to make it 2-0.
After a scoreless fourth, junior Lindsey Muller gave the Tigers some breathing room with a one out grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning, extending the lead to 6-0. Genovese walked on four pitches to start the inning and moved up a base after Jenna Marston singled back up the middle. One out later, Kelsea Roth hit a sharp grounder to the Baylor third baseman, who made a nice diving stop but didn't attempt a throw to first, loading the bases. Muller then sent the second pitch she saw over the wall in left for her fourth home run of the season.
The Bears added an unearned run in the sixth inning for their only score of the game. With two aboard with two outs, Marston attempted to pick off the runner at first base but overshot Roth at first. The ball sailed into the right field corner, allowing the runner at second to come in and score.
Chelsea Thomas pitched five strong innings, giving up three hits while striking out seven to move to 13-3 on the season. Bailey Erwin tossed the last two frames, giving up the earned run while striking out one.
Seven different Tigers got hits, and Muller's four RBI led the way. Genovese scored twice and added an RBI on her home run.
Game two of the series will begin Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CT from University Field. The game will be aired live on Fox Sports Net, with Greg Lucas and Tracy Warren on the call.