Missouri softball completes sweep of Ole Miss

Sunday, March 17, 2013 | 8:22 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — No. 8 Missouri (15-2, 4-1 SEC) showed up in its first away Southeastern Conference series in a big way, completing the sweep against Ole Miss (18-15, 1-5 SEC) Sunday with a 12-0 run-rule win in Oxford, Miss.

Sophomore Kelsea Roth surpassed her 2012 home run total with her eighth home run of the season in the first inning Sunday to give the Tigers an early 4-0 lead.

Freshman Emily Crane finished off a strong series with two hits, two runs and a walk. Since coach Ehren Earleywine moved Crane back to the lead-off spot in the lineup last week, the second baseman has gone 8-13 with four runs scored.

In the pitcher's circle, seniors Chelsea Thomas and Lindsey Muller combined for a five-inning no hitter. The two were near perfect as the only base runner for the Rebels came on a dropped third strike in the third when a Thomas pitch went past catcher Carlie Rose.

The Tigers come back to Missouri but continue the road trip with a neutral-site doubleheader Wednesday in St. Louis against Illinois, hosted by Lindenwood. The games are set for 4 and 6 p.m.

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