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Missouri slugs to sweep of Oklahoma City

Wednesday, March 3, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 12:51 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Missouri wanted to get it over with early.

The Tigers batted around in a six-run third inning to complete a doubleheader sweep against Oklahoma City on Tuesday at University Field.

MU defeated the Stars 6-3 and 8-0. Because the Tigers were ahead by eight runs in the bottom of the fifth, officials called the second game early.

“In the first game, our approach was inconsistent,” Missouri coach Ty Singleton said. “First game at home there’s those first-game jitters, some nerves going.

“We’re trying to get out of our circumstance and just be in this moment, right now. I feel like the second game, they definitely did that.”

Erin Kalka combined with the rest of the Tigers (6-11) to keep the Stars (8-3) scoreless in the second game. Warmed up from pitching 1 2/3 innings at the end of the first game, Kalka struck out three and allowed no hits.

“She looked tough; I like to see her ball moving as well as it is,’’ Singleton said. “I think her ball is moving better this year than it did last year, more break.”

Kathy Masterson, a freshman catcher, led the Tigers’ third-inning offense with a triple that drove in Heather Kunkel, Allison Kennewell and Samantha Fleeman.

Morgan LeCluyse’s double drove in Sarah Stringer, who took advantage of an error in right field. LeCluyse, who leads the team in hits, scored on Kennewell’s double.

The game ended after additional runs from Stringer and LeCluyse in the fourth inning.

The Tigers beat the Stars, an NAIA team, in the first game after giving up a home run and two RBIs in the first inning.

Although Fleeman allowed Oklahoma City two early runs, she quickly compensated with a home run in the second inning, her first this season. That drove in Kunkel, who had doubled.

“It’s fun to be hitting good, but I could have pitched a little better,” Fleeman said. “My coach said hit as many as they hit off you, so it caught me up a little bit.”

Singleton was excited about Fleeman’s home run.

“Boy, that ball was hit hard,” Singleton said. “Somebody told me it ended up in the sand trap out there, so that was kind of fun. “

A Fleeman single drove in Kennewell in the sixth.

Kennewell, a freshman, had two doubles in three at-bats in the first game. Kendra Power’s double and Ashley Hays’ single drove in Fleeman for the final run.

Erica Petersen and Kalka relieved Fleeman, who struck out three batters in four innings.


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