Mizzou Softball: February 26

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PALM SPRINGS, CA -- The No. 11 Missouri softball team closed out the Cathedral City Classic with a 3-2 record, splitting their two games against Northwestern and No. 7/5 UCLA. The Tigers fell to the Wildcats, 7-1, before bouncing back and defeating No. 7/5 UCLA by a 7-5 final in six innings for their second win over a top-10 team this weekend.

Northwestern 7, No. 11 Mizzou 1
Northwestern jumped ahead with a big three-run home run in the top of the first inning, as Marisa Bast sent an opposite field shot over the wall in right field. The Wildcats added a pair in the top of the second to cushion their lead.

Anna Edwards led off the inning with the team's second homer of the game, a solo blast to left field. With two outs, Northwestern got a pair of singles and drew a four pitch walk to load the bases. Bast then hit a sinking liner to third base that was stopped by Nicole Hudson, but she was unable to retire a runner, scoring Northwestern's fifth run of the game. Another two runs in the top of the third extended the Wildcats lead to 7-0, aided by two more Missouri errors.

Missouri was only able to put one run on the board, scoring on a double play. Senior Kristin Nottelmann fell to 2-2 after allowing five earned runs in seven innings. She walked four and struck out four while surrendering seven hits. Kelsea Roth led all Tigers with two hits. Missouri stranded 10 runners on base.

No. 11 Mizzou 7, No. 7 UCLA 5 (6)

Just like the first game, the Tigers surrendered a three-run homer in the first inning to fall behind. Chelsea Thomas hit the leadoff hitter on the first pitch and gave up a single to the next hitter. After a ground out, B.B. Bates hit a three run bomb to center field to open the scoring.

Mizzou got a pair back in their half of the first after the first three hitters reached base safely. Jenna Marston led off with a double into the left-center gap and after Corrin Genovese walked, Ashley Fleming singled to load them up. A fielder's choice recorded the first out at the plate, but Nicole Hudson hit a two run single through the right side to cut into the lead.

UCLA starter Destiny Rodino was removed for Ally Carda, who retired the next two batters to strand runners in scoring position. The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the second inning with three runs on one hit, making it 5-3. Missouri extended their lead with two in the fourth.
UCLA got those runs right back in the top of the fifth, with Bates leading off the inning with her second home run of the game.

The game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning due to time constraints. Chelsea Thomas got the win to move to 3-1 on the year, working through six innings allowing five runs on eight hits. She struck out seven and walked five.

Marston led the team with two hits and two runs, Hudson drove in three and Roth plated a pair. The Tigers return to their home state next weekend for the annual Missouri Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament.