Mizzou Hosts Three for Wilson Classic

9 years 3 weeks 1 day ago Thursday, March 17 2011 Mar 17, 2011 Thursday, March 17, 2011 3:29:00 PM CDT March 17, 2011 in Tiger Talk
Source: Missouri Tiger Athletic Department

COLUMBIA - No. 17/13 Missouri competes in their last tournament of the regular season this weekend, when they host North Dakota State, Western Michigan and Minnesota at University Field for the Wilson Classic. Missouri will play a doubleheader on both Friday and Saturday against North Dakota State and Western Michigan, facing off against the Bisons at 1:30 p.m. CT on and the Broncos at 4 p.m. CT on each day. The Tigers close with Minnesota at 1:30 p.m. CT on Sunday.

After starting the year 1-2, Mizzou has won 14 straight and 16 of their last 17 to improve to 17-3 on the year.

Missouri shut out Southern Illinois on Wednesday, beating the Salukis by a 3-0 final. Chelsea Thomas recorded the win, her seventh in a row, with four solid innings of two-hit ball. Thomas struck out six and walked one. Nottelmann closed out the game, throwing the last three innings for her second save of the season. The junior faced the minimum, allowing only one hit that was wiped out on a double play, and struck out six. Rhea Taylor went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Marla Schweisberger hit a two run home run in the first inning, her second of the season.

The Tigers now have 10 shutouts on the year, all coming in their last 12 games. The team's earned run average is 1.16, best in the Big 12. They are also only walking just 1.1 batters a game, the best in the conference. The staff's .166 opponent batting average is tops amongst Big 12 teams as well.

Six of the team's last nine wins have come by the mercy rule. In the month of March, the Tigers have outscored their opponents 91-4. Mizzou is averaging 7.58 runs a game this month after averaging 3.88 in the month of February.

Thomas and Nottelmann have been absolutely lights out this year. After starting 0-2, Thomas is now 7-2 with a 0.38 ERA. She has 89 strikeouts and just seven walks with a .120 opponent batting average. She collected her first career save in Mizzou's 4-3 win over the Illini last Saturday. She has not allowed a run in her last 41.2 innings pitched. Nottelmann is a perfect 8-0 with two saves and a 1.02 ERA. She has 54 strikeouts to only eight walks while limiting opponents to a .152 batting average. Thomas' ERA is best in the league, while Nottelmann's is fourth.

Fleming has been the Tigers' best hitter this year, as she currently leads the squad with a .436 batting average. She's tied for the team lead with 18 RBI and tied for second on the team with three home runs. She's walked 11 times to only six strikeouts, and has stolen nine bases in as many attempts.

Marla Schweisberger homered in the first inning of Mizzou's win against SIU on Wednesday, her second of the season. She is now tied for the team lead with 18 RBI, halfway to last season's total of 36.

After struggling at the plate for much of her career, Vock is putting together a solid season with the bat to go with her outstanding glove, as she's hitting .343 on the season. She also raised her on base percentage to .523, which is second best on the squad, after being hit by pitch four times last weekend and drawing two walks. This season, Vock has been hit by pitch six times and walked six times while only striking out on three occasions.

Freshman Taylor Duplechain made her collegiate debut this past weekend after sitting out the first month due to injury. In her third career at bat, Duplechain slapped a liner into left field, scoring the game winning run in Missouri's 8-0 win over Illinois on Sunday for her first career hit and RBI.

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