Mizzou shuts out Western

Alex Rieger assistant sports editor

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Although it was able to shut Missouri out through 2 innings, the Western Illinois softball team allowed 8 runs in 3 innings on Wednesday at University Field in Columbia, Mo. on Wednesday. The Leathernecks lost 8-0 and the game was cut short after the sixth inning due to the run rule.  

“We weren’t as far off as the score shows,” said Leathernecks assistant coach Liz Young. “We beat ourselves in that game. They (Tigers) are a great program. However, had we played to the best of our ability it would have been a lot closer.”

The Tigers took advantage of a bases loaded situation, scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the third inning, and another in the fifth.

Tiger’s junior third baseman Nicole Hudson hit a 3-run homer in the sixth for the walk-off win.

Western mustered just 2 hits in the ballgame — a double by first baseman Jamie Goss, senior, in the fourth inning and a single by Megan Kelly, sophomore, in the fifth inning. Wednesday’s loss is the Leatherneck’s fourth in a row, but they are tied for first in the Summit League with a conference record of 12-3 (22-20 overall).

    “The season has been going very well. We’ve had our ups and downs like most teams have but we continue to get one percent better every day,” Young said.

Inclement weather will push back the three-game Summit League series with Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne University from Friday and Saturday to Saturday and Sunday. The Leathernecks will play a double header on Saturday, starting at noon, and will finish the series on Sunday at 12:30pm.

“We will be focusing on doing the little things (against IPFW), making sure we’re attacking the ball defensively and pitchers and catchers working on hitting their marks. Also, make sure we rely on each other,” Young said. “One team, one heartbeat is our theme for the year.”

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