No. 11 Missouri Softball drops second straight to No. 1 Florida
COLUMBIA - Following a 7-6 defeat on Friday, Missouri fell to the Florida Gators 9-6 after getting behind in early innings.
After the loss, Missouri falls to 37-13 and 13-10 in conference play.
On the mound, Tori Finucane struggled in her five innings on the mound. Finucane allowed eight hits and seven runs including four walks before Cheyenne Baxter came in for relief and allowed two runs in two innings pitched.
Offensively, the Tigers scored just one run through the first five innings before tallying five in the final two innings. Sami Fagan helped her team leading batting average of .379 as she went 2-4 on the day. Amanda Sanchez also had another big day going 2-4 with four RBI's including a three-run home run.
Missouri now has hit 69 home runs this season moving them into second all-time in school history for long balls in a single season.
In the second inning, Florida got out to an early lead thanks to a solo home run by Taylore Fuller to left field.
Missouri answered back in the bottom of the second inning with a double to center field by Angela Randazzo. The hit scored Natalie Fleming to tie the game at one.
Despite the Tigers tying the game in the second inning, it was all Gators in the third inning. With two runners on, Finucane threw a wild pitch helping advance Lauren Haeger to third base and score Kelsey Stewert.
Florida was not done in the third as Kirsti Merritt hit a double to left field with just one out. The hit scored Haeger making it 3-1 Florida.
Then, to round out the third inning, Bailey Castro hit a two-run home run giving the Gators a four-run lead after three inning.
The Gators added another run in the fourth inning thanks to a sacrifice fly from Merritt before Castro hit her second homer of the game in he fifth inning. Florida added two more runs in the sixth inning making it 9-1 in the middle of the sixth inning.
The Tigers mounted a bit of a comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning starting with a three-run home run by Sanchez cutting the deficit to five runs.
Missouri was not done yet after keeping the Gators off the scoreboard in the top of the seventh inning. In a pinch-hit situation, Alyssa Cousins hit her first career home run to cut the lead to 9-5 before Sanchez got her fourth RBI of the game with a single to left field scoring Kayla Kingsley.
Despite scoring four runs combined in the sixth and seventh innings, it was not enough to overcome the early deficit.
Missouri will close out the series looking to avoid its first time being swept this season on Sunday, May 3 against Florida at 12 p.m. CT.
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