Nicole Hudson’s home run in the fifth inning of Friday’s win at Ole Miss put the exclamation mark on a perfect Friday night for the Missouri softball team.
Missouri won 11-0 in a shortened game at Ole Miss. With the win, the Tigers improved to 13-2 and 2-1 in Southeastern Conference play.
Chelsea Thomas started the game for the Tigers. Thomas pitched two innings, faced just six batters and struck out four in a scoreless outing.
Hudson pitched three innings in relief of Thomas and got the win for Missouri. Hudson completed the combined no-hitter for the Tigers and struck out four of the 11 batters she faced.
Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine said the Tigers wanted to give Thomas early run support.
The Tigers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Pitches hit Emily Crane and Jenna Marston to start the game. A Hudson walk loaded the bases for Missouri. A wild pitch let Crane score. Angela Randazzo also walked with bases loaded and scored Marston.
The Tigers also scored four runs in both the third and fourth innings.
Missouri struggled in both games of a doubleheader Wednesday against Evansville. The Tigers won those games 3-1 and 4-3.
Earleywine said the Tigers played with more enthusiasm Friday.
Earleywine also thinks the win will boost Hudson’s confidence. He compared Hudson to Babe Ruth because she can pitch and hit.
Missouri will play the Rebels again at 2 p.m. Saturday. They will finish the series with a 1 p.m. game Sunday.