Tigers Throw No-Hitter in Game One
COLUMBIA -- The Missouri softball team advanced to 4-0 on the fall season with another doubleheader sweep on Friday afternoon. After winning the opener over Mineral Area College by a 16-0 final, the Tigers followed that up by defeating Central Methodist, 7-5.
In the first game, sophomore Kelsea Roth and senior Nicole Hudson combined for a no hitter, with Roth picking up the victory. The only blemish against the duo was a fourth inning walk issued by Roth, but she struck out five of the 13 batters she faced. Hudson earned the save, tossing three perfect innings with five strikeouts of her own.
Missouri scored 10 of their runs in the first three innings, beginning with a four-spot in the bottom of the first. Redshirt freshman Taylor Gadbois started the game by taking a full count walk and freshman Emily Crane picked up where she left off last week, hitting a two-run homer over the wall in right. Three batters later, with a runner aboard, sophomore Kelsi Jones roped a home run down the line in left to make it 4-0.
The Tigers opened the second with three straight hits, getting singles from Mackenzie Sykes, Gadbois and Crane. On Crane's base hit to center, the fielder misplayed the ball which allowed Sykes to come in and score. Later in the frame, Rachel Hay grounded out to short, driving in a run to put the Tigers up by six runs.
A four-run third blew the game wide open, as Missouri extended their lead to 10-0 in the inning with all the runs coming with two away. With a runner aboard, Sykes doubled into the right-center field gap to make it 7-0. Gadbois reached on an error and Crane followed with a base hit up the middle to bring in Sykes. Angela Randazzo followed by smoking a line drive back to the circle. The MAC pitcher knocked it down but couldn't make a play, allowing Gadbois to score. A double by Hay brought in Corrin Genovese, capping the scoring for the inning.
Mizzou would be held scoreless through the fourth and fifth but put up six runs in the sixth to make it 16-0. With the first two runners aboard, Gadbois laid down a perfect bunt single. An errant throw on the play allowed a runner to score. Crane made it a perfect 5-for-5 game with an RBI double to left-center, and after a single by Randazzo loaded the bases, Hay plated two with a double down the line in left. Jones followed with an RBI single, and a fielder's choice by Krebs plated Hay to make it 16-0.
Crane finished the game 5-for-5 with a run and four RBI, with Hay matching Crane's RBI total on three hits. Jones picked up a pair of hits and drove in three runs of her own, while Gadbois scored four times.
In the nightcap, Missouri opened the contest with two runs in the bottom of the first to take the early lead. Crane led off the game with a double and moved to third on an infield single by Gadbois. Nicole Hudson drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly, while an RBI single by Moore plated Gadbois to take a 2-0 lead.
Central Methodist took the lead in the top of the second on a three-run home run, taking advantage of a Tiger error in the inning.
Mizzou regained the lead in the next half inning with another two runs. With two down and a runner on, Crane lined a triple down the line in left, driving home Cousins who took a one out walk. A bunt single by Gadbois scored Genovese, who came in to pinch run for Crane.
Jenna Marston added to the Tiger lead in the bottom of the third, flying a two out triple to the right-center field gap, scoring Hudson on the play. Krebs then followed with a double to the same gap, bringing in Marston to make the score 6-3.
Missouri added another run in the fifth on a Marston sacrifice fly, plating Genovese on the play. Hudson led off the inning with a double off the wall in center and was replaced by Genovese on the base paths.
Central Methodist fought back into it in the top of the seventh, putting the leadoff runner aboard with an infield single and following that with a two-run HR to trim the lead to 7-5. However, Hudson got out of the jam by retiring the next three batters to earn her second save of the day. Muller got the win, allowing three runs in four frames.
Offensively, Crane, Gadbois and Hudson had two hits apiece, while Marston led the team with two RBI.
Mizzou will continue their fall schedule next week with another doubleheader, as they host Butler Community College and Jefferson College. Action begins at 2 p.m. from University Field.