MU softball gets win, leads in postponed game

Saturday, March 19, 2011 | 8:25 p.m. CDT; updated 10:33 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 19, 2011

COLUMBIA – A shining "1" on the scoreboard temporarily marked the end.

Western Michigan scored one run in the bottom of the first inning in its game against Missouri, which began Saturday afternoon but was postponed because of the weather.

Western Michigan's single run broke Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas' streak of 43 consecutive scoreless innings.

Despite giving up that run, the No. 13 Tigers (20-3) will have a comfortable lead over Western Michigan (4-17) when play resumes in the bottom of the fourth inning at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Missouri got off to a fast start, scoring 10 runs during the top of the first inning.

The team's strong offense carried over from the earlier game Saturday afternoon, when the Tigers put up 11 runs in a five-inning win against the North Dakota State Bison (9-20).

Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine said he was happy with his team's offense in that game, but the Missouri players also got plenty of help from North Dakota State’s pitching staff.

The Bison pitchers walked Missouri players 10 times, and three of Missouri’s runs were unearned. North Dakota State put up two runs against junior pitcher Kristin Nottelmann in the 11-2 Missouri win.

Earleywine said he enjoys being able to playing reserves during blowout wins. He proved that Saturday, playing 19 different players against North Dakota State.

After Missouri concludes its game against Western Michigan on Sunday, the Tigers will play their last game of the Wilson Classic against Minnesota at 1:30 p.m.

The tournament, being played at University Field, began Friday afternoon.

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