Missouri softball team wins first game of season

Thursday, February 17, 2011 | 11:49 p.m. CST; updated 11:59 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 17, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Missouri softball team began its 2011 campaign with an impressive offensive display, getting a 9-1 run-rule win in five innings over No. 22 San Diego State on Thursday night.

The 8th-ranked Tigers flew to San Diego, Calif., on Thursday, not expecting to play their first game until Friday morning. But with inclement weather in the forecast for the weekend, the tournament schedule was changed, and Missouri's first game was pushed up.

Friday's games

No. 8 Missouri vs. Fresno State

When: 1:30 p.m. CT

Where: San Diego, Calif.

No. 8 Missouri vs. No. 15 California

When: 4 p.m. CT

Where: San Diego, Calif.

The schedule change had no effect on the Missouri players, who have said all week they've been more than ready to start their season.

Junior outfielder Ashley Fleming got things started for the offense when she hit a two-run home run in the top of the 4th inning. Two batters later, sophomore third baseman Nicole Hudson sent another one out of the park, helping the Tigers race to a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 4th.

Missouri added five more runs in the 5th inning, with sophomore shortstop Jenna Marston contributing when she hit a three-run home run, giving the Tigers their third homer of the game.

Junior pitcher Kristin Nottelmann picked up the win, lasting all five innings, and giving up four hits and one run.

Missouri continues play Friday with a doubleheader, taking on Fresno State first and then facing California later in the day.

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