No. 11 Mizzou softball completes DH sweep over UNI
COLUMBIA - The No. 11 Mizzou softball squad swept Norther Iowa on Wednesday in their doubleheader to improve their record winning. The Tigers won the first game 4-2 and second game 10-9.
Mizzou had an impressive three-run fifth inning that helped lead them to victory in the first game. On the defensive side Mizzou a strong pitching performance by freshman Paige Lowary to help the tiers clinch their victory.
Junior 2B Sami Fagan put the Tigers on top 3-2 in the fifth with a double off to the left field wall bringing junior CF Taylor Gadbois and junior RF Emily Crane in to score. Later in the inning, sophomore catcher Kirsten Mack doubled to right field to score in Fagan and increase the tiger lead to 4-2.
Lowary gave up a run each in the first and fourth innings, but she improved to 17-4 on the season. She allowed just three hits overall and struck out nine Panther batters.
After UNI took the early 1-0 lead, Mizzou tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the second, senior DP Angela Randazzo got an RBI groundout to the shortstop. Senior 1B Kelsea Roth raced home to score from third base on the play.
Northern Iowa led off the fourth inning with a home run to take the lead 2-1. Lowary responded by striking out the next two batters. Lowary followed that up with three strikeouts in the fifth inning.
In game two a huge six-run sixth inning by Mizzou with were able to get the comeback victory. Mizzou trailed by a 9-4 score entering the sixth, but then Freshman 3B Amanda Sanchez hit a grand slam igniting the tigers for the comeback and a solo shot from 1B Kelsea Roth put Mizzou on top to come out with a victory for their doubleheader.
Sanchez promptly deposited a 1-0 pitch just to the left of the center field scoreboard (her second grand slam of the season) to tie the game at 9-9. After a groundout, Roth hammered it deep over the left field fence to plate what would be the game-winning run.
After the dramatic sixth-inning rally, freshman LHP Paige Lowary came out of the bullpen in the seventh to pick up her third save of the season.
The wins improved Mizzou to 37-11 on the season. The Tigers' next game is against No. 1 Florida this Friday at 6:30 p.m. at University Field.