Missouri softball's offense breaks out in fifth inning to topple Ole Miss

Saturday, March 16, 2013 | 8:19 p.m. CDT; updated 9:02 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 16, 2013

The No. 8 Missouri softball team took advantage of three doubles in the fifth inning Saturday to score four runs on the way to a 6-1 win against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.

Freshman Emily Crane, sophomore Kelsea Roth and senior Jenna Marston each doubled in the fifth inning. All three players finished the game with two hits, providing plenty of support for two-time All American pitcher Chelsea Thomas.

"I really like the way J.J. (Marston) and Nicole (Hudson) are swinging the bats. I like their consistency," Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine said after the win. "But what helped us today was Emily Crane."

Thomas (6-1) started the game and worked six innings, allowing one run and five hits while striking out four. She performed despite a blister that developed on her hand during Missouri's home series against Texas A&M last weekend.

"This is a very rough stretch for Chelsea for two weeks with the finger thing. It's a blister until it callouses. It's hard to throw rise balls with that blister," Earleywine said. "We have to keep our heads above water until a callous forms."

Missouri (14-2, 3-1 SEC) will go for the three-game series sweep Sunday when it faces off with Ole Miss at 1 p.m.

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