No. 10 Missouri Hold Off No. 19 Texas A&M

6 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, March 24 2012 Mar 24, 2012 Saturday, March 24, 2012 5:57:00 PM CDT March 24, 2012 in Tiger Talk
By: Emily Hauger

COLLEGE STATION, TX -- The No. 10 Missouri softball team added to their already impressive Big 12 resume with a 6-5 victory over the No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday.

A five-run second inning gave the Tigers the boost they needed.  Tied 1-1 after the first, Mizzou sent 10 batters to the plate with two outs already in the inning.  Ashtin Stephens dropped a bunt single to advance Princess Krebs to second. Then, Corrin Genovese sent a double flying into left field and brought home Krebs.  

Then, Jenna Marston hit a line drive off an Aggie glove, scoring both runners to make it 4-1.  Two batters later, Kelsea Roth grabbed her second RBI double of the game. Fleming later came home on an unearned run from a passed ball.  The Tigers ended the top of the second inning with a nice 6-1 lead.

It didn't last long, however.  Kelsea Orsak kicked off the bottom of the second with a solo shot for her second home run of the season. Texas A&M threatened later in the inning by drawing three straight walks, but Kristen Nottelmann got Aggie batter Sydney Shannon to ground out to first. 

Home runs became the trend for the Aggies after that. A&M's third home run came off the bat of Natalie Vilarreal in the fourth inning and cut Missouri's lead to two.  Two innings later with Bailey Erwin pitching, Amber Garza hit a line drive solo home run over the right field wall.  After that, the Tigers clung to a narrow 6-5 lead.

Chelsea Thomas came in to get the save for MU in the seventh.  She quickly got two outs, but then gave up a single and a walk to put the tying run in scoring position.  Thomas managed to grab her first save though after a flyout from the next batter.

Mizzou improves to 23-4 on the season and 4-1 in the Big 12 with the win.  Nottelman earned the win for the Tigers and is now 8-2 on the year.

With the series tied 1-1, the two teams meet to earn the series victory Sunday at 12 p.m. CT.

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