Offense Leads Tigers Past Evansville

Wednesday, March 28 –

After losing two-of-three against No. 19 Texas A&M in a weekend series at College Station, the No. 12 Missouri softball team looked to rebound as they faced Evansville in a double header on March 28.

Thanks to a few Evansville errors in game one, paired with dominant Missouri pitching in game two, the Tigers made quick work of the Purple Aces on Wednesday.

The first break for Missouri in game one came in the very first inning when they were able to avoid an early run from the Purple Aces. With a runner on first and third, and facing the Tigers’ senior pitcher Kristin Nottelmann, the Purple Aces put on a double steal.

However, after the run had come into score, it was declared that the runner on first left the base too soon, forcing the runner on third to head back. Nottelmann was able to make the most of their mistake, forcing a strikeout to end the inning.

Evansville did plate the first run of the game, however, but that came in the top of the second inning due to an error that gave Nottelmann an unearned run.

The Tigers bounced back though, tying the game in the bottom of the second after Angela Randazzo walked, stole second and was batted in by teammate Brianna Corwin.

But Missouri wasn’t done there. Already threatening with runners on second and third, the Tigers scored one run on a throwing error by the Evansville catcher. The runner on second was able to advance to third and was singled in by Randazzo two batters later.

Though Nottelmann struggled more in this game than normal – allowing six walks to just four strikeouts – the offensive support was more than enough to seal the victory for her.

Missouri and Evansville both scored one run later on in the sixth, giving the Tigers a 4-2 victory.

In game two, the Tigers had Chelsea Thomas on the mound, and as usual, she dominated the competition. However, after four and two-thirds innings of one-hit pitching – while also fanning 11 batters – Thomas was done for the day.

Missouri’s offense was also in abundance in game two, scoring seven runs of support for Thomas. Rachel Hay was the impact performer for the Tigers on offense, going two-for-three with three RBI’s – all of which came on a three-run-homerun she hit in the sixth.

Freshman pitcher Bailey Erwin came in and pitched a nearly perfect two and two-thirds innings and recorded her first career save to seal the victory for the Tigers.

– Ben Yarrington
23 Sports
Staff Writer