Tigers End the Border War’s Softball Battle with a Bang

Sunday, March 18 –

After defeating the Kansas Jayhawks (20-5) earlier in the day 5-0, the No. 12 Missouri Tigers (20-3) softball team defeated their longtime rivals for what could be the final time, as they concluded the Border War with a 9-0 victory.

As Tiger’s ace Kristin Nottelmann took the mound, she dominated from the get go. She retired the first eight batters for KU until giving up a single to Elsa Moyer in the third inning. After retiring the next batter, Kansas led off the fourth with another single. They never had another base runner after that.

Nottelmann had her best outing of the season by striking out seven Jayhawk batters and walking none, allowing no KU player to reach base after the two singles.

The Mizzou offense started out similar to the Kansas offense, gathering no hits in the first two innings. While the Jayhawks may have looked for a pitcher’s duel, Missouri offense had other plans.

In the bottom of the third, the Tigers struck hard and fast with right fielder Ashley Fleming singling in Jenna Marston. Two walks later, first baseman Lindsey Muller walked in the second run. Princess Krebs had a sacrifice fly to centerfield, with Kansas hoping to escape the inning with minimal damage and a surmountable lead.

But then, Kelsi Jones, fresh off a game with a three run homer, launched another three run bomb over the right field wall to put Missouri up 6-0.

The game proceeded quietly from there, with the only hit recorded between the bottom of the third and bottom of the sixth being a Kansas single. Kansas needed to escape the bottom of the sixth unscathed to try to make a comeback.

The Tigers never gave them a chance.

Pinch hitter Angela Randazzo had an RBI to score Marston, setting up Fleming to end the Border War with a bang. Fleming answered with a slaughter-rule walk off home run to right field to finish off Kansas and end the rivalry as the Tigers leave for the SEC conference.

Missouri will look to keep rolling against the Iowa Hawkeyes in a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 21 at 3:00 p.m. CT at University Field.

– Daniel Shapiro
23 Sports
Staff Writer