Archive for February, 2014
The Lady Zizzers played Joplin at home Thursday night barely letting them near the hoop.
Harlin Hutchison has the details:
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – No. 16 Mizzou Softball used a standout performance from freshman pitcher Tori Finucane(Germantown, Md.) to top No. 14 Arizona by a score of 2-0 on Thursday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. Previously unbeaten, the Wildcats (10-1) had little answer for the new Tiger who recorded a season-best eight strikeouts in her fourth collegiate start.
Senior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) provided Mizzou’s opening run in the top of the first inning with a double to deep left center, scoring redshirt sophomore SS Sami Fagan(Dunnellon, Fla.) who led off the game with a single over third base.
It took until the top of the seventh inning for Mizzou to add its second run, with sophomore 2B/OF Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) doing the hitting. Crane smacked a single up the middle to bring around redshirt sophomore OF Taylor Gadbois(Maryville, Mo.) from second base. Gadbois was in scoring position after recording her career-best third steal of the game. Gadbois finished the two-game evening batting 4-for-7 (.571).
Finucane pitched a gem for the Tigers, allowing just five hits and issuing zero walks in the win (3-1). The complete game shutout was her second of the 2014 season after pitching 5.0 innings of shutout softball vs. Lipscomb (Feb. 15), an 8-0 run rule victory.
Arizona’s Estela Pinon (2-1) took the loss in the circle, throwing 3.0 innings and surrendering three hits to Mizzou, including Sykes’ RBI double in the first.
The Tigers started their second game of the night with the opening run against No. 15 Baylor on two doubles. Junior 1B Kelsea Roth(Yorba Linda, Calif.) was Mizzou’s first base runner of the second inning with a one-out double to right center that one-hopped to the fence. With two outs, freshman C Kirsten Mack(Riverside, Calif.) launched a double down the right field line to score Roth for a 1-0 lead.
After yielding three runs to the Bears in the fourth inning, Mizzou answered back with a run in the top of the fifth. A single from Gadbois up the third base line was doubled home by Fagan on a long drive to left field. Fagan batted 3-for-7 over both games, also recording one walk and one stolen base.
Freshman P/OF/1B Casey Stangel(Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) tossed 6.0 innings for Mizzou vs. Baylor, allowing nine hits and just two earned runs in the setback (2-1). BU’s Heather Stearns earned the win with 5.0 innings pitched, with Mizzou knocking around seven hits. Bear hurler Whitney Canion earned a save with 2.0 innings of relief work.
Mizzou continues the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with Fordham (5:30 p.m. CT) and San Diego State (10:30 p.m. CT) on Friday, Feb. 21.
The Tigers’ first home contests of the 2014 season will be against SEC foe Kentucky from March 14-16 at University Field. Season ticket renewals are currently ongoing, along with additional season ticket requests being taken. More information can be found here. Contact the Mizzou Ticket Office by phone at 1-800-CAT-PAWS (573-884-7297 in Mid-Missouri).
Press release prepared by MuTigers Softball Home.
The Lady Liberty Eagles hosted the Salem Lady Tigers for Senior and Pink Out night. This brings the Lady Eagles up to 13:12 for the season and 4:3 in SCA play.
Gary Lee has the story:
The Lady Eagles play the Lady Tigers again tonight on 96.9 The Fox.
The Missouri State softball team (6-2) embark on its third weekend road trip to begin the season as the Bears head to Memphis, Tenn., for this weekend’s Blues City Classic. The five-game weekend will feature an intriguing mixture of opponents. After the weekend begins against Morehead State, the Bears will face Alabama A&M and Appalachian State for the first time in program history. The weekend wraps up against Memphis and Lipscomb, teams the Bears faced last season.
Missouri State comes off a championship weekend at the UTA Maverick Invitational in which the Bears went 5-0. In the process, the Bears got stellar pitching performances fromChelsea Jones, Erin Struemph and Jessie Van Es, who combined for four complete games and two shutouts. The pitching staff combined to allow further than one hit per inning (26 hits in 34 innings) while striking out 24 and holding opponents to a .211 batting average.
Offensively, the Bears were led by this week’s Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week Bethany Sullinger. She hit .625 on the weekend after taking over the clean up role in the line up. She clubbed three home runs, drove in nine runs and led the team with a 1.250 slugging percentage.
Chelsea Jones also had a stellar weekend at the plate. In Friday’s opening game against host UT Arlington, Jones became just the second player since 1997 to record three doubles in a game. On the weekend, she collected five hits and had five RBI.
The Bears had 10 players record at least one multi-hit game and six of those players drove in multiple runs in a game as well. Sullinger, Madison Jones and Ali Trickey each had their first multi-hit games of their careers on Friday against UTA.
MSU enters this weekend riding a five-game winning streak. The last five-game winning for the Bears began at the Blues City Classic in 2012.
Press release and images prepared by Missouri State Softball.
The West Plains Zizzers played Marshfield in a makeup game at home Wednesday night. Coming away with a narrow win of 56-50.
Nate Cooper has the update:
The Lady Zizzers will play Thursday night against Joplin. You can hear the game on 102.5 KDY.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Mizzou men’s basketball team used a late second-half surge to grind out a 67-64 win over Vanderbilt in a tale of two halves at Mizzou Arena. Jordan Clarkson andEarnest Ross combined for all of Mizzou’s points in a convincing 11-2 run that helped the Tigers pull ahead for good in the final minutes.
Clarkson led all scorers with 21 points behind a perfect 11-for-11 output from the free throw line and senior Earnest Ross hit four 3-pointers en route to 16 points. The win is the third straight victory for Missouri (19-7 overall, 7-6 SEC).
Both teams experienced shooting woes in the first half, combining for only 41 total points. While the Tigers struggled from the field offensively, they made up for it on the defensive end. Missouri held the Commodores (14-11, 6-7) to just 40-percent shooting from the floor, including 31 percent from long range. Vanderbilt clung to a 19-15 lead with 4:50 remaining in the initial frame.
Reserve forward Torren Jones ended a three-minute Tiger scoring drought with a transition layup and Ross banged in a corner three to pull the Tigers ahead by one. For the second straight game, Jones’ hustle provided a lift off the bench for head coach Frank Haith. The 6-foot-8 freshman posted four points, four rebounds and three steals in 18 efficient minutes of the bench. A buzzer-beater by the Commodores off a baseline inbounds play gave them a 21-20 lead at the half.
The game stayed close throughout the second half, though both offenses quickly found their shooting touch. Mizzou grabbed momentum when freshman Jonathan Williams III beat the shot clock with his second 3-pointer of the season, but Vanderbilt answered swiftly and clawed back to regain a 46-44 lead at the 9:00 mark.
Mizzou’s game-winning run came with just under six minutes left. With the Commodores holding onto a 51-48 lead, Clarkson weaved through the lane and converted an old-fashioned 3-point play to knot things up. On the ensuing Vanderbilt possession, Tiger centerRyan Rosburg drew a charge and Ross followed with a deep 3-pointer to give Mizzou a lead it would never surrender.
After a Commodore dunk, Clarkson slashed to the basket again for an easy layup and Ross tossed in another 3-pointer to extend the Tigers’ advantage to 61-53. Missed free throws down the stretch allowed Vanderbilt to climb back in the closing moments of the game, but Missouri held on for its third straight victory by five points or less.
After a spotless home stand, the Tigers will hit the road for back-to-back games, with a trip to Alabama up next on Saturday. The game tips off at 7 p.m. CT.
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Missouri State sophomore first baseman Bethany Sullinger was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday (February 17). Sullinger took over the clean-up spot in the lineup over the weekend at the UTA Maverick Invitational and sparked the Bears to a 5-0 weekend.
She hit a scorching .625 over the five games racking up 10 hits and had a slugging percentage of 1.250. In Friday’s opening game, she hit a two-run home run, driving in three total in a two-hit outing. In the nightcap on Friday, Sullinger slammed two home runs and drove in four runs against the 2013 MAC Champion and 2014 MAC favorite Central Michigan.
On Saturday, she picked up three hits and an RBI in each game against South Dakota State. For her encore on Sunday, she went 3-for-3 and scored twice to lead the Bears to the championship.
Sullinger was spectacular on defense as well, flawlessly fielding all 42 chances at first base. She hit safely in all five games and drove in nine runs on the weekend and set career highs in hits, runs scored and RBI.
Missouri State (6-2) travels to Memphis for the Blues City Classic starting on Friday (Feb. 21). The Bears will face Morehead State, Alabama A&M, Appalachian State, host-Memphis and Lipscomb at the BCC. The Bears’ home opener is slated for March 12 vs. SIU Edwardsville at 5:00 p.m.
The Zizzers took the lead early and ran with it until the third quarter, when Hillcrest came back to tie it up and send the game into overtime.
Brian Ingalls has more details:
The Zizzer Boys will be back in action Friday night when they go against the Joplin Eagles.
The Willow Springs Bears traveled to Douglas County to take on the Ava Bears.
Marty Spence has the report:
Teh Willow Springs Bears will celebrate Senior Night this Friday, playing the Mountain Grove Panthers. That game will air on KUKU 100.3 Classic Country.
The Cabool Bulldogs joined the Mountain Grove Panthers for their Senior Night event. Like previous weeks the Bulldgos fought hard, but the Panthers kept a strong lead for the entire game. Mountain Grove won with a final score of 69-53.
Larry Spence has the details: