Mizzou softball beats Texas with a seven-run seventh inning

By: Kelsie Heneghan

In the middle game of a three-game series in Austin, No. 11 Missouri softball came into the seventh inning tied at four against No. 3 Texas, but rallied for the win.

It had been a close game thus far as the Longhorns had already tired the Tigers twice-but when the top of the seventh rolled around, the Tigers didn’t hesitate to take the lead for good.

Ashton Stephens led off the seventh inning with a single and Nicole Hudson soon followed with an intentional walk. Lindsey Muller then doubled to right field to score Stephens to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead. With pinch runners Kayla Kingsley and Kelsey Jones aboard, Corrin Genovese hit her fifth home run of the season to contribute three more runs.

The Tigers continued the rally by scoring another three runs on five-straight base runners. Two of those runs came on a two-run single by Ashley Fleming to score Jenna Marston and Angela Randazzo, giving Mizzou the 11-4 win.

Mizzou pitcher Chelsea Thomas allowed four runs on 12 hits and 12 strikeouts. Thomas, who got the loss on Thursday for Game 1, now has a 15-4 record this season.

If Mizzou wins the series on Saturday, Texas A&M losses to Iowa State, and Texas Tech beats Oklahoma, there would be a five-way tie in the loss column for the Big 12 Conference lead between Mizzou, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma. The series concludes Saturday at noon.

Information from the Big 12 Conference was used in this story.


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