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Missouri softball team slips out of Top 10 in national rankings

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | 8:25 p.m. CDT; updated 10:07 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 16, 2013

COLUMBIA — For the first time this season, the Missouri softball team is not ranked in the Top 10 for either national poll.

This week, the Tigers are No. 12 in the USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 11 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.

Last week, Missouri (24-6, 9-5 SEC) was scheduled to play a doubleheader at Missouri-Kansas City, but the games were stopped by rain. Then, over the weekend, Arkansas (28-16, 6-9 SEC) came to town for a Southeastern Conference series.

The Tigers were able to handle the Razorbacks in Game 1, with a five-inning 9-0 win. Redshirt freshman Carlie Rose added to her team-leading batting average, going 2-for-3 in the Friday opener.

Game 2 went into extra innings with both teams going scoreless until the seventh inning. A miscommunication between the Missouri infielders led to an Arkansas run in the top half of the inning. Then, Kelsea Roth hit a game-tying home run in the bottom half to send the game into extra innings. The Razorbacks scored three unanswered runs in the 11th to win 4-1.

After throwing 156 pitches Saturday, Missouri ace Chelsea Thomas only pitched three innings in Sunday's Game 3 because of fatigue. Pitchers Lindsey Muller and Nicole Hudson relieved Thomas, but were not able to stop the Razorback offense.

Down by five entering the bottom of the seventh, Missouri battled back with five runs to tie the game. But the Tigers still lost again in the bottom of the eighth. Missouri put three runners on base, however, the rally was quickly ended on a Hudson line drive that doubled-off Kayla Kinglsey. The Razorbacks went on to win the game 11-10 and take the series 2-1.

Kinglsey was injured on the play, and coach Ehren Earleywine announced Monday that she will not be able to play the rest of the season.

Missouri started this week with another cancelled doubleheader. The Tigers were scheduled to travel to Iowa for two games Wednesday against the Hawkeyes, but with rain in the forecast, the team is staying in Columbia for a couple days longer.

Thursday, Missouri travels to Baton Rouge, La., for a weekend series against No. 11/12 LSU beginning Friday. Thomas is still looking to break the Missouri all-time wins record. She has been tied with Teresa Wilson at 102 since Friday.


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