No. 7 Softball Wins Two on Thursday, Improves to 7-0

Thursday, Feb. 21-

Seven is the new lucky number for Jenna Marston and the rest of the Missouri women’s softball team, after the No. 7 team in the nation improved its record to 7-0 by defeating Maryland and San Diego State in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., on Thursday.

In Missouri’s first game of the day against the Terrapins, the Tigers exploded in the second inning. Missouri scored nine runs in the inning, including a grand slam by first baseman Kelsea Roth to put the Tigers up 9-0.

Maryland scored its only run of the game in the top of the third when Corey Schwartz scored on a Sara Acosta hit. Missouri’s offense scored three more times in the third inning and once in the fourth to capture the 13-1 victory.

Chelsea Thomas and Nichole Hudson both had noteworthy performances on the mound. Thomas (3-0) scored the win and only allowed one run and one hit in two innings, while Hudson allowed one hit in three innings pitched.

The second matchup was not as easy as the first. San Diego State proved to be a tougher opponent, but Bailey Erwin (3-0) had an impressive pitching performance to help pull out the 2-1 victory.

The Aztecs were the first to get on the board in the bottom of the fourth, when Stefani Polonia scored on a base hit from Kristen May. The Tigers retaliated in the top of the fifth when Taylor Gadbois and Kelsi Jones both scored on a ground-rule-double by Marston.

Erwin kept the Tigers in control in a dominant complete game performance that included striking out the final three hitters in the bottom of the seventh. Erwin finished with nine strikeouts, a career best for the sophomore, as well as only allowing four hits, two walks and one run.

The Tigers continue action when they take on No. 5 Florida in the final day of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs on Friday.

-Mitch Urban
23 Sports
Staff Writer