Hudson’s Huge Day Lifts Mizzou Softball

Saturday, Feb. 16-

The No. 8 Mizzou softball team has started its season hotter than the California sun its been playing under, once again winning both of its games as a part of the UCSB Gaucho Classic. The Tigers prevailed 11-3 over Fresno State in five innings and 5-0 against San Diego.

The Tigers got a lift out of their resident Swiss army knife Nicole Hudson, as she hit two home runs over the course of the two games, in addition to pitching all five innings of the victory over Fresno State, giving up only three runs.

After taking a 6-3 lead into the fifth and ultimately final inning against the Bulldogs, Mizzou put the game away with a clinic of power, as Angela Randazzo, Mackenzie Sykes and Carlie Rose all went yard to push the lead to eight. Hudson was able to keep Fresno State off the board in the bottom of the inning and the Tigers were able to get a mercy rule victory for the second consecutive day.

In the fourth game of the weekend for the Tigers, they once again proved their dominance over their west coast foes, but this time it would be from the mound instead of the plate as they faced off against San Diego. In her second start of the season, sophomore Bailey Erwin threw a gem, pitching a complete game two-hitter keeping her squad in it as Mizzou was held without a hit threw the first three innings.

Hudson’s second home run of the day in the fourth inning finally put the Tigers in both the run and hit columns and they never looked back, winning 5-0.

Mizzou will finish the tournament with only one game on Sunday against host UC Santa Barbara. All-American Chelsea Thomas will take the mound for the Tigers when the game begins at 11 a.m. at Campus Diamond.

-Mike Bonomo
Staff Writer
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