Missouri softball beats St. Louis University 12-0

Saturday, March 5, 2011 | 9:51 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — The Missouri softball team improved to 9-3 with a 12-0 victory in five innings over St. Louis University on Saturday.

Senior outfielder Rhea Taylor went 2-for-3 and surpassed Mary Babb as the all-time Missouri hits leader. Taylor now has 264 career hits to Babb's 263.

Babb played for Missouri from 1994-97 and earned Big Eight Freshmen of the Year honors in 1994. Babb earned National Strength Coaches Association All-American honors as a senior in 1997. She was inducted into the MU Softball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Junior pitcher Kristin Nottelmann (5-0) threw a no-hitter, the second of the week for MU. Nottelmann allowed one runner on base because of an error and had six strikeouts. Her ERA is now 0.97.

Infielder Maddison Ruggeberg hit a grand slam in the top of the fourth inning to cap off the Tigers offensive outburst. It was the first time the Tigers scored more than 10 runs this season.

In turn, the game ended after five innings because of the NCAA's "mercy rule" which ends the game if a team is winning by eight runs or more after five innings.

The Tigers will remain in St. Louis for a doubleheader on Sunday to play Missouri State at 11 a.m. and University of Missouri-Kansas City at 1 p.m.

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