PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — No. 11 Missouri rebounded from a loss to Northwestern with a 7-5 win against UCLA in six innings on Sunday. The Tigers earned their second win against a top-10 team at the Cathedral City Classic.
The Tigers surrendered a three-run homer in the first inning to fall behind. Chelsea Thomas hit the leadoff hitter on the first pitch and gave up a single to the next hitter. After a groundout, B.B. Bates hit a three-run bomb to center field to open the scoring. The Bruins would bat through the lineup and load the bases again, but would fail to push across another run in the inning.
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Mizzou got a pair back in their half of the first after the first three hitters reached base safely. Marston led off with a double into the left-center gap and after Genovese walked, Fleming singled to load them up. A fielder’s choice recorded the first out at the plate, but Nicole Hudson hit a two-run single through the right side to cut into the lead. UCLA starter Destiny Rodino was removed for Ally Carda, who retired the next two batters to strand runners in scoring position.
The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the second inning with three runs on one hit. Ashtin Stephens drew a one out walk and Marston picked up her second hit of the game to put runners on the corners. After Marston stole second, Genovese reached on an error, driving in Stephens on the play. Fleming walked to load the bases and Roth took a walk on four pitches, bringing in the go-ahead run. Hudson then grounded out, scoring Genovese to make it 5-3.
Missouri extended their lead with two in the fourth. Marston walked to start the inning and Genovese reached on a fielding error. A pair of wild pitches moved the runners up two bases, bringing Marston in to score. Roth then roped a double into center field, bringing in Genovese to push the lead to 7-3.
UCLA got those runs right back in the top of the fifth, with Bates leading off the inning with her second home run of the game. Two consecutive one out singles put a pair on, and a walk loaded the bases, setting up a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 7-5.
The game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning due to time constraints. Chelsea Thomas got the win to move to 3-1 on the year, working through six innings allowing five runs on eight hits. She struck out seven and walked five. Marston led the team with two hits and two runs, Hudson drove in three and Roth plated a pair.