Tiger softball sweeps Iowa in doubleheader, but coach wants more energy

Story and Photos by: Kelsie Heneghan

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No. 10 Mizzou softball beat Iowa 8-0 and 2-0 in a doubleheader Wednesday at University Field.

Pitcher Chelsea Thomas allowed just one hit with seven strikeouts in game one and Kristin Nottelmann followed with eight strikeouts of her own, allowing five hits.

Senior Ashley Fleming led the Tiger offense going 3-for-5 with a two-run shot in game one.

Thomas’s streak continues at 45.1 shutout innings after game one, surpassing her previous record from last year of 43.

“That’s our job, to keep runs off the board and we just want to try to give our hitters the most comfortable atmosphere when they get into the box,” Thomas said. “With the defense like we have, it’s pretty easy to do.”

While Thomas hopes to make Tiger hitters comfortable, coach Ehren Earleywine hopes for energy.

“You should look like you’re having fun, you’re 20, you don’t have a job, softball is a fun sport,” Earleywine said. “They, so far this year, have been able to overcome whatever lack of enthusiasm they have.”

With its second Big 12 series of the season this weekend against Texas A&M, Earleywine gave many of the players time Wednesday to show what they can do, but was disappointed by some.

“I’m constantly looking for an edge, I’m constantly looking for a better team and Wednesdays are a great opportunity for me to do that,” Earleywine said. “Some of the kids who start and play everyday acted like there’s no competition and that position is theirs no matter what and that’s never the case with me.”

Enthusiasm or not, the Tigers are riding a 17-game winning streak as they travel to College Station for a three-game series starting Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m.

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