Missouri softball loses for first time in new season

Saturday, February 18, 2012 | 7:05 p.m. CST; updated 10:17 p.m. CST, Saturday, February 18, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Missouri softball team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday morning to Eastern Kentucky University during the Quality Inn Classic in Troy, Ala., after giving up four runs in the last two innings of regulation. The Tigers lost 6-5.

The Tigers' freshman pitcher Bailey Erwin shut out the Eastern Kentucky Colonels until the sixth inning, when the Colonels scored their first run before going on to score three more in the top of the seventh.

The Tigers answered with a run off a sacrifice fly by freshman Corrin Genovese in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

Redshirt junior pitcher Chelsea Thomas relieved Erwin in the eighth inning. She threw five strikeouts and walked one batter but gave up a run in both the ninth and tenth innings.

The Tigers answered with a run of their own in the ninth but weren't able to score in the tenth. The Tigers came close when junior Princess Krebs tried to score from third off a hit over the middle by Mackenzie Sykes, but she was tagged out at home plate after Eastern Kentucky pitcher Shaylon Robb scooped up the hit.

The Tigers (2-1) were originally scheduled to play Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against East Tennessee State University, but the game has been moved to 8:30 a.m. Sunday because of inclement weather. The game has been moved from the Troy Softball Complex to another location nearby.

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