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Missouri softball remains at No. 11 in national rankings

By Kelsie Heneghan
April 30, 2013 | 6:23 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — After going 3-2 in the past week, the Missouri softball team (29-9, 13-7 SEC) remains ranked at No. 11 in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball national rankings.

Last week: Missouri's week began with a doubleheader against Western Kentucky at home on Wednesday. In the first game, the Tigers' errors and lack of offense led to a 1-0 Hilltoppers victory. Missouri's offense showed up in Game 2 in a 7-1 victory. Relief pitchers Nicole Hudson and Lindsey Muller pitched in both games, with Missouri ace Chelsea Thomas getting the day off.

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Missouri traveled to Lexington, Ky. for a weekend series against Kentucky. With Thomas in the circle, Hudson tied the game at one in the seventh to force the game into extra innings. Then in the ninth, Hudson hit her 13th home run of the season to take the lead and eventually beat Kentucky 2-1.

As the pitcher on Saturday, Hudson's game didn't go so well. She gave up seven runs in a 8-2 loss to the Wildcats. With Thomas back in the circle Sunday, the Tigers won the series finale 7-0, highlighted by a 6-run second inning. 

This week: Missouri travels to Illinois for a Wednesday doubleheader against Western Illinois, set for 3 and 5 p.m. Missouri hosts Southeastern Conference leader Tennessee (42-7, 15-4 SEC) over the weekend in the final series of the regular season. The Tigers are 2.5 games behind the Volunteers in the conference standings, so this series could have a major impact on seeding in the SEC tournament.