Missouri softball sweeps doubleheader against Saint Louis

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | 9:45 p.m. CDT; updated 10:10 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 20, 2011

No Chelsea Thomas, no problem. The Missouri softball team easily extended its winning streak to 10 games with a doubleheader sweep of Saint Louis University on Wednesday in St. Louis.

The No. 8 Tigers (37-5), who won 7-4 in the first game and 5-1 in second game, got some help from the Billikens. In both games, Missouri took early leads because of errors committed by St. Louis' fielders.

Missouri scored four unearned runs in the first inning of Game 1, and the Tigers' pitchers secured the lead.

Nicole Hudson started the first game in place of Thomas, the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week, who got the day off. Hudson pitched three innings but struggled, giving up three runs in the third inning. Lindsey Muller relieved Hudson and was credited with the win, pitching two innings and allowing no hits. Ashley Fleming earned her second save of the season.

In the first inning of Game 2, the Tigers scored two unearned runs. Kristin Nottelmann (13-1) earned the victory, pitching seven innings while allowing six hits, six walks and striking out eight.

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