THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Missouri softball loses two games to Alabama

Sunday, April 7, 2013 | 5:54 p.m. CDT; updated 12:02 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 8, 2013
The Missouri baseball team takes the field before playing against Illinois in the Braggin' Rights game at Busch Stadium game Tuesday in St. Louis.

The Missouri softball and baseball teams entered last week going in opposite directions.

The Missouri softball team began the week with a top-10 ranking and as winners of its last 10 games, while the Missouri baseball team entered April on a three-game losing streak.

Alabama takes two of three from Missouri softball

The Missouri Tigers softball team began last week by cruising to two victories over Missouri State on Wednesday.

The No. 6 Missouri Tigers then traveled to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take on the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide in a three-game weekend series.

Alabama took two of three in the battle of top-10 teams. Alabama's ace Jackie Traina shut down Missouri's offense in Alabama's 4-1 opening game win.

Missouri's offense bounced back to tally 10 hits in the 9-4 win over Alabama on Saturday.

In her third start of the weekend, Chelsea Thomas showed fatigue as Alabama beat Missouri by run-rule 14-6 on Sunday. The loss dropped Missouri to 3-3 against ranked opponents this season.

Missouri baseball gets much-needed wins against Georgia

After being swept in a three-game series by LSU at home, the Missouri Tigers baseball team tried to find its footing in the annual Bragging Rights game against Illinois at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Sloppy play doomed the Tigers, however, as the team committed five errors in the 6-2 loss to the Fighting Illini.

Missouri bounced back to win two of three against Georgia. The Tigers won the first game of the series on Friday before falling to the Bulldogs in Saturday's game. Missouri won the rubber match on Sunday 8-5.

Missouri basketball's Webster-Chan and Bull to transfer

Even though the Missouri men's basketball was knocked out of the NCAA tournament more than two weeks ago, the team continues to make headlines off the court.

It was announced last week that freshman guards Negus Webster-Chan and Dominique Bull would transfer from the program. Webster-Chan averaged 15.5 minutes per game as the primary backup to point guard Phil Pressey. Bull only played a total of 14 minutes this past season.

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