Tigers Fall Twice in Weekend Series with Aggies

Friday, March 23 – Sunday, March 25 –

The Missouri Tigers softball team rumbled into College Station, Texas for a weekend series with the No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies on a hot streak, having won 17 games in a row and garnering attention all around the Big 12 Conference.

The Aggies apparently were ready for the Tigers, however, as Missouri’s hot streak ended this weekend as they took two losses out of three games played.

Friday’s contest between the Aggies and Tigers was a tight contest throughout. It ended by being decided in the first inning of the game. Junior pitcher Mel Dumezich of Texas A&M belted a two-run home run, her ninth of the season, that pointed to be the benefactor as the Tigers lost 2-1. Pitcher Chelsea Thomas’ scoreless inning streak vanished after the first inning, having pitched 46 innings in a row without allowing a run to cross home plate.

Missouri battled back as freshman first baseman Kelsea Roth drove freshman second baseman Corrin Geneovese home, but it would be the Tigers’ only run of the game.

On Saturday, the Tiger bats exploded for a five-run second inning as they survived and defeated the Aggies 6-5 to even the series at one game apiece. Missouri connected on hit after hit in the second inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and left pitcher Mel Dumezich lost and confused and eventually out of the game. She allowed five runs on four hits, all with two outs during the frame.

The Tigers were able to outlast an Aggie rally that started in the third inning and Chelsea Thomas came into the game and closed the door on any chance that the Aggies had to win the game.

Sadly for the Tigers on Sunday, an outstanding performance by Chelsea Thomas wound up being all for naught as the Aggies attained a 1-0 rubber match victory. The junior right-hander took a no-hitter into the eighth inning until sophomore outfielder Cassie Tysarczyk, who earlier drew a walk to break up a perfect game, doubled and later scored on a single by sophomore Jenna Stark.

The Tigers come back home for a two-game series against Evansville on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

– Christopher Novak
23 Sports
Staff Writer