Thomas Salvages Double-Header with No-Hit Win Over No. 5 Washington

Saturday, Feb. 25 –

Chelsea Thomas threw her eighth career no-hitter and faced just one batter over the minimum Saturday against No. 5 Washington as Missouri softball topped the Huskies 2-0 at the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, California, avenging their 6-4 loss to Nebraska earlier in the day.

Thomas allowed only one baserunner, struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter over seven flawless innings of work. A First Team All-American and Player of the Year Finalist last year, Thomas improved to 2-1 on the young season with the win.

The No. 11 Tigers (5-2) did all of their offensive damage in the third inning. With one out, second baseman Ashtin Stephens singled and scored on Jenna Marston’s long triple to center. Freshman Corrin Genovese followed with a sacrifice fly to put Missouri up 2-0.

Earlier in the day, the Tigers fell to No. 22 Nebraska thanks to four infield errors and a late inning comeback that fell just short.

The Cornhuskers went ahead 3-0 in the second inning on just one hit. After two walks and a single, Tiger shortstop Princess Krebs couldn’t handle a grounder off the bat of Jordan Bettiol, allowing Brooke Thomason to score. Two batters later Courtney Breault scored on a throwing error by Missouri third baseman Angela Randazzo.

The Tigers responded in the top of the third when Genovese hit a two-run inside-the-park-homer to left, cutting the score to 3-2.

Nebraska pulled ahead in the 4th, scoring two runs on RBI singles from Taylor Edwards and Ashley Guile after a Stephens error at second base extended the inning with two outs. The Cornhuskers added another in the sixth on a sacrifice fly from third baseman Gabby Branda.

Down 6-2 in the top of the seventh, Tiger first baseman Kelsea Roth doubled to right center off Nebraska starter Ashley Hagemann (5-3 overall; 7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 9 SO Saturday), scoring Marston and Genovese to bring Missouri within two. With the tying run at the plate, Hagemann got Nicole Hudson to ground out before striking out Brianna Corwin and Kayla Kingsley to end the game.

– Joe Trezza
23 Sports
Staff Writer