Roth, Hudson Toss No-Hitter, Lead Tigers to Doubleheader Sweep

The Missouri softball team continues its fall exhibition season, and Pat McGovern has all of the coverage.

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The Mizzou women’s softball team improved its exhibition record to 4-0 this weekend with two wins in its second straight double header this Friday.

The Tigers no-hit Mineral Area College 16-0 in the first game, and finished out the night with a 7-5 win over Central Methodist.

Against Mineral Area, sophomore Kelsea Roth and senior Nicole Hudson combined for the win. Roth was given the win, and the only jam that the Tigers had all day was in the fourth inning in which she issued a walk. Hudson was 2-3 at the plate on the day and had an RBI.

Mizzou started off the first inning with a bang, getting four runs in the home half. Freshman Emily Crane hit a two-run home run that brought in redshirt freshman Taylor Gadbois.

In the bottom of the second inning, Crane stroked a double and Gadbois repaid the favor from the inning before by bunting and hustling to beat the throw to first. With runners on first and second, senior Rachel Hay brought home Crane on a fielder’s choice, putting the Tigers up by six runs heading into the third.

In the top of the third, Roth tossed two swinging strikeouts, swelling her total strikeouts for the game to five.

The Tigers’ offense exploded again in the sixth inning with six more runs to bring their lead to 16-0. Mineral Area’s offensive woes carried over to the field. They had six errors in the game.

Heading into its second game of the night, Mizzou took the early lead with two hits in the bottom of the first. Crane doubled and Gadbois followed with an infield single that advanced Crane to third. Hudson got her first RBI of the night on a sacrifice fly that drove in Crane, and freshman Sarah Moore plated Gadbois to give the Tigers an advantage.

In the second inning, Central Methodist seized the lead on a three-run home run, making the score 3-2.

Mizzou continued the seesaw battle, taking back the lead with two runs in the third inning. Crane tripled and brought in redshirt freshman Alyssa Cousins and Gadbois laid down a bunt single that brought the run in.

Senior Jenna Marsten extended the Tigers’ lead in the third with a two-out triple to the gap in right center, bringing Hudson home. Senior Princess Krebs plated Marsten immediately after that with a double of her own, making the score 6-3.

Although Central Methodist tried to claw its way back in the top of the seventh, Mizzou finished off the victory to remain undefeated in exhibition play.

The Tigers continue their fall schedule against Butler Community College and Jefferson College at 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Friday at University Field.

-Mary Kate Burgess
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Staff Writer