Mizzou softball takes both games against SEMO
COLUMBIA - The Mizzou softball team opened at home Wednesday in a doubleheader against Southeast Missouri State.
Tiger freshman Paige Lowary had her first home start in game one for the Tigers. Lowary gave up a run off of Lindsey Patterson's RBI single in the first. She allowed a few runners to reach bases in the following two innnings, but none would cross home. The fifth was three up and three down for the Tiger pitcher.
Senior first baseman Kelsea Roth's two-out single in the seventh gave Mizzou its only two runs of the first game in the doubleheader. The Tigers almost tied the game in the sixth inning when two walks and senior third baseman Angela Radazzo's single loaded the bases. However, sophomore outfield Emily Crane's two-out hit was tracked down by SEMO preventing the Tigers from scoring until the seventh.
Lowary struck out seven batters in the 14 consecutive she retired, with nine total strikeouts in the first game for the Tigers. This set a new career-high for the freshman and marked her second career complete game.
The Mizzou Tigers looked to put up a more impressive win against SEMO in their second game of the afternoon.
Tori Finucane was in the circle for the Tigers to start the second game and she closed out the first inning as quickly as she could, going three up, three down.
Sami Fagan drew her fourth walk of the day off SEMO pitchers in the first inning, following Taylor Gadbois' leadoff single. Corrin Genovese hit a two-RBI double allowing her two teammates to make it home. Freshman Amanda Sanchez followed Fagan's lead and drew a walk, then senior Angela Randazzo doubled to bring Genovese home. Sophomore second baseman Natalie Fleming singled and Sanchez made her way across home base. The Tigers lead SEMO 4-0 after the first inning.
Their hot hitting would not stop there as Fagan reached second base in the second inning on an RBI single, driving Gadbois home for Mizzou's fifth run. Roth added an exclamation point to her day when she hit a three-run homer over the center wall pushing the Tigers' lead to 8-0 in two innings.
Paige Bange, a freshman infielder, launched a home run of her own, a solo to left field. Her hit gave the Tigers their sixth game so far this season with more than one home run, and a 9-0 lead after two.
SEMO senior Kayla Fortner would hit a solo home run to center field for SEMO's only score of the day. Mizzou quickly pushed their lead back up to nine after three singles followed by a fielder's choice ground ball, bringing Bange home.
Finucane pitched four innnings for the Tigers, one run on two hits with no walks, and four strikeouts improving her record to 6-3. Sophomore Cheyenne Baxter relieved her, allowing two hits before the Tigers ended the game after five innings on a run-rule victory. The final score read Mizzou 10, SEMO 1 after five.
Wednesday's two wins push the Tigers' record to 15-3 this season. They next play this weekend at the NC State Hyatt Place Invitational in North Carolina, with five games total and a double header on both Friday and Saturday.