Mizzou Softball Wins Big, Finishes Fall Undefeated

Friday, Oct. 14 –

Being undefeated is a pretty good feeling. Whether it’s 1-0 or 12-0, knowing that one has conquered all that has been put in their path is something to be proud of.

The Missouri Tiger’s softball team has that feeling right now, as they finish off the fall season at an impressive 8-0. They did so defeating Jefferson County Community College and Lindenwood College in a doubleheader by scores of 15-0 and 9-0, respectively.

Mizzou jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to Ashley Fleming’s RBI triple and a sacrifice fly by Nicole Hudson to drive Fleming home. Thanks to a couple of errors from the Jefferson County defense, the Tigers opened up the scoring, hanging seven runs on their opponent in the second inning.

They did so playing small-ball thanks to Ashtin Stephens’ bunt, along with singles by Hudson and Angela Randazzo. Stephens scored on a Kayla Kingsley single up the middle, and Randazzo and Hudson touched home plate thanks to Rachel Hay’s single into right field. This was Hay’s second hit of the inning.

Kelsea Roth’s grand slam was the highlight of game one, as it capped a five-run fifth inning, pushing the lead to 15-0.

Kristin Nottelmann earned the win on the mound for the Tigers. The senior from Fenton, Mo., struck out 10 batters while allowing only two hits and four walks. The win gave her four over the fall season.

Offensively, each Tiger who had a plate appearance had at least one hit, and Ashley Fleming led the team with three.

Game two was more of the same: offensive firepower and shutdown pitching.

After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning, Mizzou put up four runs in the third by way of Roth’s bases-loaded double. A throw home went sailing into the dugout, allowing Roth to scamper home and stretched the lead to 5-0.

The Tigers would tack on four more runs in support of pitcher Bailey Erwin, who earned the win in a complete game shutout. Erwin, a freshman from Claremore, Okla., allowed only four hits and struck out six batters on the day.

Not only did the Tigers finish the fall undefeated, they did so in an incredible fashion. The offense was on fire, scoring a mind blowing 76 runs in eight games and putting up double digit runs in half of their games played. The pitching was also very strong, as Missouri pitchers allowed only five runs in the eight games and shut out their opponents in four of the last five.

Mizzou hopes to pick off from where they left off last spring when they made it all the way to the Women’s College World Series. The competition will be stiffer come spring time, but the team has time to work hard and improve their game as the cold months approach.

However, being undefeated is still a good feeling, no matter who the competition is.

– Brian Nestel
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Staff Writer