17 March 2011
Offense. Defense. Pitching. You name it, Mizzou softball has it.
And the Tigers used every bit of it as they notched another shutout win Wednesday with a 3-0 rout of the Southern Illinois Salukis.
Senior Maria Schweisberger started off the Tigers with a first inning blast. Her second trip around the bases of the season scored fellow senior Rhea Taylor, who tallied three hits of her own during the game.
Missouri’s third run of the game came as Megan Christopher drew a bases loaded walk in the third inning. Ashley Fleming, who had reached base on a one-out error,
crossed the plate for the Tigers.
On the pitching side, Chelsea Thomas was lights out again for the Tigers. She threw four innings, giving up only two hits and a walk while striking out five. It was Mizzou’s 10th shutout in the last 12 games. The win boosted Thomas to 7-2 on the season.
Thomas has pitched 41.2 innings since she last gave up a run. Her current ERA is 0.38 and continues to plummet every time she takes the mound.
Kristin Nottelmann got the save for the No. 13 Tigers, throwing the last three innings of play. She threw six strikeouts to record her second save of the season.
With their 14-game winning streak on the line, the Tigers next host the Wilson Classic at University Field. Their first game is at 1:30 p.m. on Friday against North Dakota State.
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