Missouri Softball Sweeps Illinois State
COLUMBIA - The No. 18 Missouri Tigers improve their record to 18-7 overall after defeating the Illinois State Redbirds 4-2 and 5-0 in a doubleheader Wednesday.
In game one, freshman pitcher Tori Finucane controlled the game for Missouri only allowing four hits and racking up a season-high nine strikeouts. Now her sixth complete game on the season, Finucane improved her record to 8-3 after the win Wednesday.
Missouri 2B Ashtin Stephens was dialed in for the first game scoring all four of the Tigers' runs. Stephens got the offense going in the second with a single to center field that allowed Kelsea Roth to score. At her next at-bat, Stephens powered the ball deep to left field bringing in two more runs and claimed her first extra base hit on the season. Stephens went 2-for-2 with four RBIs and first baseman Roth went 2-for-3 with two hits.
For Illinois State, pitcher Regan Romshek helped her own cause after she hit one over the left field wall in the fifth inning. Stephens would fly-out in the sixth inning achieving her fourth RBI of the game and provided a cushion going into the last inning.
Game two for the Tigers was a shut out. Casey Stangel in the circle for Missouri only allowed two hits all game and zero walks. Stangle now has seven complete games on the season and two shutout wins.
Freshman Natalie Fleming rocketed the ball out of University Field in the second inning giving Missouri the early advantage. Fleming went 2-for-3 in the second game. Still in the second inning, freshman Kelli Schkade was walked and then stole second base. Corrin Geneovese singled to left allowing Schkade to score putting Mizzou up 2-0.
Later in the game, Genovese split left and center field with a double letting two Tigers score. Genovese went 3-for-3 with three RBIs on the game.
The Tigers will host the Mizzou Tournament at University Field starting Friday, March 21 to March 23. Missouri's first game will be against Ball State on Friday at 4:30 p.m