Mizzou softballs earns an extra-innings win over No. 1 Florida
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Freshman pitcher Paige Lowary threw her best game of the season en route to the Tigers downing No. 1 Florida in eight innings, 3-2. She pitched 8.0 innings, giving up only two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out seven batters.
Redshirt junior OF Taylor Gadbois starting the hitting for the Tigers in the third after a scoreless two innings, with her team-leading 58th hit. Sophomore OF Emily Crane got herself on base, and redshirt junior 2B Sami Fagan hit a two-RBI single to push Mizzou out to an early 2-0 lead.
Florida was able to tie it up in the top of the fourth of off a leadoff walk followed by a hit-by-pitch to set up Aubree Munro. Munro would hit an RBI single, which Florida would follow with another before sophomore C Kirsten Mack threw out the runner at 3B.
Mizzou loaded the bases at the bottom of the fourth, but Florida induced a double play to end the inning.
Both pitchers threw three consecutive scoreless innings following the fourth to send the game to extra innings.
Fagan hit a single up the middle leading off in the bottom of the eighth for the Tigers. Fagan was moved to second on a sacrifice, followed by a bases-loading pair of intentional walks. Roth hit a sac fly to right field, bringing Fagan home from third, scoring the game winner in her last regular season home game at University Field.
The Tigers took the last game in their weekend series against the No. 1 Gators in a 3-2 walk-off extra innings game.
Next up for Mizzou is the SEC tournament in Baton Rouge, La., next week. Look for an announcement on when and whom Mizzou will play on Monday.