Kalka, Tigers edge OSU in 14

Sunday, April 4, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:24 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Erin Kalka pitched enough innings for two softball games Saturday.

She pitched a complete game as Missouri defeated Oklahoma State 3-2 in 14 innings at University Field in a Big 12 Conference game.

Kalka pitched a no-hitter through nine innings and had a career-high 25 strikeouts. The game was scoreless until the top of the 14th.

“You don’t really think about it when you’re out there doing it,” Kalka said. “My adrenaline was so high. I just felt good because I took a lot of the week off because I’d thrown a lot during spring break.

“I pitched a little bit Thursday and a little bit Friday and then today I was really fresh.”

Morgan LeCluyse scored the winning run on Alli Kennewell’s single to right field with the bases loaded. Joanne Loethen scored the tying run on the play.

MU entered the inning down 2-0.

MU (16-19, 3-0) has won all six games it has played at home.

“I wasn’t actually expecting to get bases loaded and that’s kind of the one thing every softball player dreams about is being at that position,” Kennewell said. “Usually it’s in the bottom of the seventh inning, but this time it was the bottom of the 14th. It was a big adrenaline rush. I couldn’t stop smiling when I got in the box and I usually don’t smile.”

Kennewell, who excels at hitting outside pitches, was able to take advantage of her five previous at-bats against freshman pitcher Jessica Hoppock.

“I’d seen so many pitches, I got to see every pitch that she had,” Kennewell said.

A.J. White, who started the 14th on second base in accordance with NCAA softball extra-inning rules, started MU’s scoring. She moved to third after tagging up when Leanne Bowers popped out to right field. Loethen’s single then scored White.

Oklahoma (20-19, 0-3) took advantage of two hit batters and two errors to take a 2-0 lead in the 14th.

“Erin threw her heart out,” catcher Kathy Masterson said. “We couldn’t let her lose that game. You could tell Erin was crushed when they got those hits, so we just needed to do it for her.”

She teamed up with leftfielder Ashley Hays for two clutch defensive plays during extra innings that snuffed OSU scoring opportunities.

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