No. 15 Missouri softball run-rules No. 3 LSU
COLUMBIA - The No. 15 Mizzou softball squad picked up its tenth straight victory on Sunday at University Field. MU scored 10 runs on seven hits, run-ruling No. 3 LSU 10-2. Tori Finucane and Paige Lowary only allowed a combined two runs on three hits.
Sophomore OF Emily Crane and redshirt junior 2B Sami Fagan reached base on a fielder's choice and a walk, respectively, setting up freshman 3B Amanda Sanchez's two-run single to center to put Mizzou up 2-0.
Kirsten Mack hit a home run over the left fence to bring both her and Sanchez home and giving Mizzou a 4-0 lead after the first.
Fagan is now tied for second all-time in program history with her 32-game streak of reaching base safely.
Finucane started for the Tigers, giving up five walks through the first two innings. However, the Tigers all combined to keep the score 4-0 Mizzou at the end of the second.
LSU's Bianka Bell hit a solo homer off Finucane in the third to give LSU one of its two runs for the day. LSU had two more hits that inning, but a catch by Crane ended the threat.
Crane then ripped a leadoff single to begin the bottom of the third. Fagan followed with her second walk, followed by an error which plated a run to put Mizzou up 5-1.
Senior SS Corrin Genovese hit a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Fagan for a 6-1 lead. Freshman Sydney Sprague pinch ran for Sanchez and teamed up with Senior 1B Kelsea Roth to pull off a double steal with Sprague stealing home to extend Mizzou's lead to 7-1.
LSU added its last run for the day in the fourth inning on two errors to open the inning. Lowary replaced Finucane and strung together three consecutive outs. However, the leadoff batter crossed home on a fielder's choice to close Mizzou's lead to 7-2.
Redshirt junior Taylor Gadbois led off with a walk in the bottom of the fourth, followed by a single by Crane. An error pushed both runners to second and third. Fagan hit an RBI single to score Gadbois, putting Mizzou up 8-1.
Roth later hit to the LSU 2B, whose error allowed two more Mizzou runners to score. Lowary pitched a three up, three down top of the fifth, ensuring the run-rule victory for Mizzou.
The final game of this three game series is Monday night at 6:00 p.m. CT at University Field with Mizzou looking for the sweep. The game can be seen on the SEC Network.