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Missouri softball team up to No. 7 in national rankings

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | 6:42 p.m. CDT; updated 7:12 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 19, 2013

COLUMBIA — The Missouri softball team (15-2, 4-1 SEC) moved up a spot to No. 7 in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA polls.

Last week: The Tigers started off with two unsettling wins against Evansville. While coach Ehren Earleywine earned his 300th win as a Missouri coach in Game 2, he wasn't happy with his team's performance. Also in Game 2, ace Chelsea Thomas threw her 1,000th career strikeout as a Tiger.

Friday, the Tigers traveled to Oxford, Miss. for their first Southeastern Conference road series. Not only did Missouri sweep Ole Miss, but it did so in a big way including two run-rule shortened games that were also no-hitters for Tigers pitchers. In the three games, Missouri outscored Ole Miss 29-1. 

Chelsea Thomas was named SEC Pitcher of the Week Monday for the third time this season. Thomas went 3-0 in that span with 22 strikeouts, allowing just two earned runs on seven hits.

This week: Because of weather conditions, the Wednesday doubleheader against Illinois in St. Charles has been cancelled. No makeup date has been announced.

Georgia Tech (13-13) comes to town for a doubleheader Saturday and another game on Sunday.


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