THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Missouri baseball struggles, softball snags last regular season win

Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 7:07 p.m. CDT; updated 7:19 a.m. CDT, Monday, May 6, 2013
Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas throws the ball in a game against Tennessee on Saturday at University field. Missouri was led to victory by Thomas, who pitched a no-hitter.

COLUMBIA — This week in Missouri sports, the Missouri baseball and softball teams had very different experiences at weekend series. The baseball team was swept by Texas A&M, and Missouri softball team won two games against No. 2 Tennessee.

Missouri baseball's offense continues to struggle in weekend sweep

Setting the stage for the team's continuing struggles this past week, Missouri lost its final nonconference game of the season 9-7 against Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday night. The Redhawks are ranked 231st nationally, according to the NCAA's Ratings Percentage Index.

In the first of a three-game weekend series, the Tigers lost 2-1 to Texas A&M on Friday in College Station, Texas. The Aggies took the lead in the second inning and held on to it for the rest of the game, despite a strong performance from junior pitcher Rob Zastryzny.

Missouri continued to struggle in the second game, falling 6-5 to Texas A&M on Saturday. The Tigers committed four errors and gave up three runs in the ninth inning.

Sunday's 4-1 loss secured the series sweep for Texas A&M in College Station. The Tigers mustered just six hits in the game and now stand a 15-28 (7-17 SEC). 

Missouri softball faces highs, lows at weekend series

Missouri softball fared considerably better in its weekend series against No.2 Tennessee. Ace Chelsea Thomas pitched a no-hitter against the Volunteers in the first of a three-game series on Saturday. The Tigers went on to win 2-0, and Thomas now has 14 no-hitters, including four perfect games, in her five years at Missouri. 

However, Saturday's second game didn't go as well for Missouri. The Tigers were run-ruled in the fifth inning to end the game 10-1 Tennessee.

The Tigers defeated the Volunteers 12-8 Sunday to secure the series winThe game was the last of the regular season for Missouri and its graduating seniors.


Supervising editor is Maggie Walter.

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