No. 7 Missouri Sweeps Missouri State in Doubleheader
SPRINGFIELD -- No. 7 Mizzou softball powered past and shut out Missouri State, winning with a five-inning, 12-0 result before a second 7-0 win in its doubleheader at Killian Stadium on Wednesday.
Sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo continued her hot-hitting ways, batting 4-for-6 with two home runs, one double and five RBI.
Junior OF Mackenzie Sykes joined in on the power hitting, going 3-for-6 with two home runs and five RBI. The Tigers smacked seven home runs over the two games.
Two-time All-American pitcher Chelsea Thomas started both games for Mizzou and threw 4.0 innings in the opening game before tossing 3.0 innings in the second. She earned the win in the opening contest to improve to 13-1 in 2013 and record her 100th career victory at Mizzou.
Fellow senior Nicole Hudson threw the final 4.0 innings in the second game to take the win (6-0).
Mizzou's wins improved its record to 22-2 overall. The Bears dropped to 14-18 with the two losses.
Mizzou's offensive firepower came out in the top of the fifth inning with a remarkable 10-run outburst. Randazzo started the runs with her three-run shot followed by Sykes' two-run blast for a 7-0 lead.
Hudson got the Tigers started in game two with her 10th home run of the season, a two-run bomb that scored Crane.
Mizzou's first victory of the day marked the seventh-straight win by run-rule for the Tigers. Head coach Ehren Earleywine's squad has won its last 12 games.
Mizzou continues on the road at SEC foe Alabama from Friday, April 5-Sunday, April 6. The Friday and Saturday games in Tuscaloosa, Ala., will be televised nationally on ESPNU. The Tigers and Crimson Tide finish the series with a noon start on Sunday.