Micaela Minner seems to be a friendly person.
When she smiles, which is often, it can be seen throughout University Field. She is also one of the Tigers’ leading cheerleaders, belting out chants from the dugout to help her teammates. But on Saturday, it looked like Texas Tech was out to get Missouri’s center fielder.
Minner was hit by a pitch three times. Twice (in the first and sixth innings) Minner scored. Those two runs were the difference for the Tigers in their 7-5 win over Texas Tech. Minner, even though she said she was “a little sore,” was happy to contribute to the win.
“The win felt really great today,” Minner said. “We needed to win today and we did.”
Red Raiders center fielder Ashley Parker felt the need to apologize to Minner after the sixth inning. In the bottom of the inning, Texas Tech pitcher Sarah Losleben hit Minner in the back, the third different Texas Tech pitcher to hit Minner.
“I’m friends with their shortstop (Heather Parker) and their center fielder and they made sure I didn’t think they were throwing at me,” Minner said. In high school, Minner played against the Parkers, who are twins, in Texas. “I’ve been hit twice in a game but never three times.”
Missouri (22-23, 6-9) coach Ty Singleton, blamed the weather for Texas Tech’s (19-33, 4-12) wildness.
“I think it was a coincidence that she got hit three times,” Singleton said. “The last one was one a change-up. If you’re going to send a message, you don’t send it with a change-up.”
The conditions made aggressive baserunning difficult. By the fourth inning, what had been a light drizzle turned into a heavy rain. The increasing rain muddied the all-dirt infield, making it heavier and slower for baserunners. The Tigers and Red Raiders combined for eight errors, seven coming on misplayed ground balls.
“It (the field) plays differently when it’s wet. You don’t know what kind of bounces to expect,” Singleton said of the infield that was replaced before the season. “It has many moods.”
The start time for Missouri’s game today against Texas Tech has been pushed forward to 9:30 this morning in hopes of completing play before expected rain. The time change is the second for this match-up, which was temporarily scheduled to be played 15 minutes after the completion of Saturday’s game. The game was pushed back to today because of Saturday afternoon’s rain.
MU TRACK & FIELD: The Tigers won the men’s distance medley relay and men’s 4 x 800 relay on Friday night at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Missouri hasn’t won two relays at the meet since 1962.
The women’s 4 x 1600 relay ran a school record 19:12.27. The time also broke the meet record, but the Tigers still took second.
MU post-collegian Christian Cantwell broke the meet’s shot put record twice on Saturday. His best toss went 72 feet, 6 1/4 inches.
COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOFTBALL: The Cougars were eliminated in the American Midwest Conference Tournament with two losses on Friday. Columbia College lost 1-0 to eventual champion Williams Woods in 10 innings, then lost to runner-up McKendree 4-0 in the consolation bracket.
The Cougars Stephanie Stowe, Ashley Perrigo, Heather Robey and Chirs Schoonover were named to the All-AMC first team, with Robey earning newcomer of the year honors. Miriam Wegmann, Sarah Moreau and Katie McMahon earned honorable mentions.
ROCK BRIDGE BOYS’ TENNIS: Aron Franck took eighth, Ryan Olson ninth in singles at the Tournament of Champions in St. Louis on Friday. Daniel Lopez and Stefan Nosic placed fifth in doubles, and Scott Hawf and Eric Sterchi took 13th.