Lately it seems like no team can keep the No. 9 Missouri softball team from scoring a lot of runs.
Nearing the end of the season, Missouri's offense is getting hot at the right time. It continued to hammer opposing pitching Wednesday, sweeping a doubleheader at Western Illinois 5-1 in Game 1 and 7-1 in Game 2. Missouri has won 16 of its past 17 games and scored five or more runs in its past 13 games.
Junior Rhea Taylor, the team's leadoff hitter, got the Tigers going again. She got hits in both games, extending her hitting streak to 18 games.
The Tigers also have had at least one home run in their past 13 games. Wednesday they got three with shots from senior Gina Schneider (5), junior Marla Schweisberger (9) and freshman Nicole Hudson (7).
Schneider has hit well since changing her batting stance three weeks ago. Wednesday she went 3-for-7 for two RBIs and two runs scored. Schweisberger also had a solid day hitting going went 3-for-6 and driving in six RBIs.
Missouri showed how deep its lineup was in Game 2 when back up catcher Megan Christopher and little used infielder Ashlie Ortega both got a hit and a RBI in their only at bats.
Sophomore Kristin Nottelmann (17-6) got the victory in the nightcap, pitching a complete game. She allowed only four hits and one walk and stuck out two batters.
Senior Jana Hainey (9-1) got the win in Game 1 allowing five hits and striking out three in five innings. Hainey has done well as the team's new ace in place of injured sophomore Chelsea Thomas. Hainey does not have the overpowering velocity that Thomas does, but knows how to win. The senior has the second highest career winning percentage (.786) at Missouri with a 33-9 record behind Stacy Delaney (36-7, .837 winning percentage).
The Tigers (43-9) will play their last two regular season games at Nebraska, with the first game being aired on Fox Sports Network at noon Saturday.