No. 12 Mizzou Softball leaves Mary Nutter Classic with first two losses of 2016 season

7 months 3 weeks 4 days ago February 28, 2016 Feb 28, 2016 Sunday, February 28 2016 Sunday, February 28, 2016 3:24:46 PM CST in Sports
By: James Stanley, KOMU 8 Sports Digitial Producer

CATHEDRAL CITY, California – After beating North Carolina State 17-2 in their first game at the Mary Nutter Classic, twelfth ranked Mizzou softball finished the series with their first two losses of the 2016 season against Pac 12 opponents Stanford and Oregon.

On Saturday’s first game, Missouri blew a 7-0 that extended into the fourth inning. Oregon started the bottom of the fourth with a line drive single by junior SS Nikki Udria that hit Mizzou sophomore LHP Paige Lowary in the head and caused her to leave the game for about 10 minutes. Lowary went to the dugout and came back out with a protective mask and continued the inning.

However, the Ducks came out swinging and tallied six runs against Lowary, who would not return to the pitching circle to start the fifth inning. RHP Danielle Baumgartner replaced Lowary and finished the game, giving up the tying run in the fifth inning off a homerun by Oregon’s senior LF Geri Ann Glasco and the winning run off a walk off single to Oregon’s sophomore DH Gwen Svekis.

The Tigers lost to the Ducks 8-7.

Yet, that loss would not define Missouri’s weekend. Mizzou continued play on Saturday night and defeated the BYU Cougars 16-6.

The Tigers struck first in the top of the first inning on a bases clearing double by senior Emily Crane that drove in freshman LF Regan Nash and redshirt senior SS Sami Fagan, but the Cougars responded with three runs to lead Missouri 3-2 at the completion of the first inning.

In the second inning, each team added a run to the board – Missouri on a double by Nash that drove in junior C Kirsten Mack and BYU on three hits.

After the second inning, Mizzou went on a 13-2 run that included two homeruns and a double. Baumgartner got the win, improving her record to 4-1.

Fagan finished the game going 4-5 at the plate, scoring four runs on four hits and a walk, and tallying a couple of RBIs.

After improving their record to 9-2 on the year, Missouri will return to the west coast next week to participate in the Judi Garman Tournament in Fullerton, California from March 3-5. On Thursday, the Tigers are scheduled to take on No. 2 Michigan at 12:30 p.m. (CT) and San Jose State at 3 p.m. (CT).

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