Missouri softball ranked No. 7 in national polls

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 6:45 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA – The Missouri softball team moved up one spot to No. 7 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll and remains at No. 7 in Softball poll.

The Tigers opened their first season in the Southeastern Conference last weekend at the California-Santa Barbara Guacho Classic, winning all five games they played.

Missouri's offense scored 43 runs with 15 home runs in the five games. Five of those home runs came off the bat of senior Nicole Hudson, who was named the SEC Player of the Week on Monday. Hudson also pitched a game in the series, allowing three runs on eight hits in the Tigers' 11-3 victory over Fresno State.

Senior Chelsea Thomas (2-0), the SEC Pitcher of the Week, led the Tigers' staff allowing just one unearned run on five hits with 19 strikeouts in wins against Fresno State and UCSB. Sophomore Bailey Erwin (2-0) also pitched two games, defeating UCSB and San Diego. 

In upcoming games, Missouri stays on the road in California and heads to Palm Springs for the Mary Nutter Classic. The series begins at 3 p.m. Thursday when the Tigers take on Maryland, followed by a 7:30 p.m. game against San Diego State. On Friday, Missouri will face No. 5 Florida in its first SEC matchup since joining the conference.

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