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Missouri softball team No. 11 in national rankings

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | 8:27 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – After going 2-1 this past week, the Missouri softball team is ranked No. 11 in the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball polls.

The Tigers began last week with another cancellation – a doubleheader against Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, that was set for Wednesday. 

Missouri (26-7, 11-6 SEC) went into the weekend looking for redemption against LSU after being eliminated by LSU in the 2012 Super Regionals in Columbia. Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas (17-4) broke the all-time wins record as a Tiger with a 6-1 victory, the 103rd of her career, in the series opener.

Deciding to rest his ace, Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine started Nicole Hudson in Game 2. Five errors and no runs scored by Missouri gave Hudson her second loss of the season and tied the series at 1-1.

In the rubber match of the series, Hudson led Missouri's offense with two home runs in the 3-2 win over LSU. In the circle, Thomas held LSU batters to five hits while throwing 10 strikeouts.

Monday, Thomas was named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time this season. Thomas leads the SEC with 10 wins this season.

Missouri has a double dose of Kentucky this week, starting with a doubleheader against Western Kentucky at home Wednesday. The games are set for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Tigers travel Friday to Lexington, Ky. for a weekend series against No. 19 Kentucky. 

Supervising editor is Grant Hodder.


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