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Missouri softball easily wins two games Saturday

Saturday, March 6, 2010 | 9:26 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA - Missouri State Bears hitter Raeven Replogle squared to bunt.

The ball popped straight off her bat. Missouri third baseman Nicole Hudson slid to catch the ball like a player trying to score at home plate. Hudson missed the ball by a few inches and the ball gently dropped to the ground for Missouri State's only hit of the game.

That play was all that went wrong for the Tigers on Saturday.

Missouri won against Southeast Missouri State 13-0 and  Missouri State 8-0 in the Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament at University Field.

In Saturday's first, Missouri freshman Lindsey Muller did everything for the Tigers except filling and carrying the Gatorade coolers in the dugout.

She got her first start as a pitcher in the game against Southeast Missouri State. The right-hander threw a complete-game shut out, giving up five hits, stiking out three batters and not walking anyone. She also went 4-for-7 in both games. She scored three runs and hit four RBIs, which included a three-run home run in the fifth inning vs. Southeast Missouri State.

"She could be one of the best right-handed hitters in Missouri history later down the road," Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine said.

Muller was recruited primarily as a hitter, but she is also the Tigers' fourth starter in the rotation. She said she was nervous before the game, but it did not show in her performance.

"After the first inning, I settled down," Muller said. "I fell back and relaxed after that and finished the game. I don't see myself pitching  very much this year. It's more of a developing year for me."

The Tiger's offense gave Muller plenty of support. The team scored seven runs in the first inning and six in the fifth inning. They also took advantage of three errors by the Southeast Missouri State scoring nine unearned runs.

In the second game against Missouri State, Missouri pitcher Kristin Nottelmann was one hit away from a perfect game. She threw five innings, stuck out seven batters and did not walk anyone.

The Tigers would score eight runs on nine hits. Freshman Jenna Marston had solid performance in this game. She went 2-for-2, scored a run, and hit 3 RBIs.

Earleywine used many players that don't get much playing time in both games. After getting comfortable lead against Southeast Missouri State, he made six substitutions in the third inning.

"It is just a credit to how good and deep this team is," Nottelmann said. "We can put anyone out there and win."

 Earleywine admitted it was hard to find something the Tigers did wrong.

 "I tried to turn the heat up on them." Earleywine said. "In bigger games you really don't have to say much, they are already geared up. But like tonight, I had to get on to them about things that were fairly insignificant just to remind them about those things that are important. If you're sleeping it doesn't mean I'm sleeping."

Missouri (11-2) will play UMKC (3-11) on Sunday at 1:30 p.m in the Tigers' last game in the Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament.

 


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