COLUMBIA — After sweeping South Carolina last weekend, the Missouri softball team kept last week's spots in the national polls, ranked No. 7 in the USA Today/NFCA poll, and No. 6 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
Last week, after a doubleheader against Creighton was cancelled because of snow, Missouri hosted South Carolina for its second home Southeastern Conference series. The Tigers run-ruled the Gamecocks in all three games, outscoring the visitors 30-5.
Missouri (20-2, 7-1 SEC) hit five home runs in the series to boost its season total to 36, which ties the 1997 squad for ninth on the all-time list for home runs in a season. Angela Randazzo led Missouri's offense, going 5-for-7 with nine RBIs and three home runs. Randazzo now leads the team in RBIs this season.
Senior Chelsea Thomas (12-1, 0.63 ERA) won all three games, allowing just five hits in 12.1 innings with 19 strikeouts. Nicole Hudson came on in relief twice, allowing three hits in three innings. Lindsey Muller also relieved Thomas, allowing three unearned runs in 0.2 inning.
Monday, Thomas and senior Jenna Marston were drafted in the National Pro Fastpitch College Draft. Marston was drafted by the Chicago Bandits 19th overall and Thomas was next, drafted 20th overall by the USSSA Pride (Kissimmee, Fla.).
This week, the Tigers hit the road for two away series. Missouri takes on Missouri State at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday in Springfield, Mo. Then, the Tigers head to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for possibly its toughest series so far this season. Missouri takes on No. 4/7 Alabama in a three-game series. Game 1 is set for 8 p.m. Friday and will be broadcasted on ESPNU.