MU softball beats South Florida, loses to No. 2 Alabama

Saturday, February 26, 2011 | 11:12 p.m. CST

The No. 15 Missouri softball team split its doubleheader Saturday, beating tournament host South Florida 4-1 and losing to No. 2 Alabama 3-1 in Tampa, Fla.

In the first game of the day against Alabama, the Tigers (4-3) only managed three hits off Alabama pitcher Kelsi Dunne (7-0). Dunne and Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas (0-2) both pitched complete games. Thomas was credited with the loss, allowing six hits, three runs, and she struck out nine.

Senior outfielder Rhea Taylor went 2-for-3 with a run and two stolen bases to lead the Missouri offense.

In their next game, the Tigers were able to generate more offense while pitcher Kristin Nottelman shut down South Florida.

Nottelman pitched all seven innings and only allowed three hits and one run while striking out eight.

Taylor went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs, and a stolen base as the Tigers leadoff hitter.

The Tigers play next at 7:30 p.m. CST Sunday in Tampa against Western Michigan.

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