No. 18 Mizzou softball sweeps doubleheader
CLERMONT, Florida - The No. 18 Missouri softball team got their 2015 season underway with two victories at the Dot Richardson Invitational in Clermont, Florida Friday.
The Tigers defeated Louisville 5-1 in game one, led by a two double, three RBI performance by junior second baseman Sami Fagan.
Fagan hit her first double of the game in the top of the first, driving in junior right fielder Emily Crane. Senior first baseman Chelsea Roth later hit into an RBI groundout to score Fagan and Mizzou led 2-0 after the first half-inning of the season.
Crane added an RBI single in the second, scoring sophomore utility player Natalie Fleming. One batter later, Fagan hit her second double, scoring both Crane and senior center fielder Taylor Gadbois.
Louisville managed to get a run back in the fourth, but that's all the scoring the Cardinals would manage against Mizzou sophomore pitcher Tori Finucane. Finucane threw a complete game, allowing just the one earned run, six hits, two walks and one hit by pitch with four strikeouts.
In game two, the Tigers knocked off Chattanooga 6-1 in freshman pitcher Paige Lowary's first collegiate start. Lowary nearly went the distance, throwing five innings, allowing four hits, two walks and one unearned run with six strikeouts in the victory.
The Tigers took another early lead, getting a sacrifice fly by Crane in the first inning to score Gadbois. Chattanooga struck for their only run in the second inning, on a Crane throwing error.
Crane got a bit of redemption in her next at-bat, reaching on a Chattanooga error on a play that also scored a run for Mizzou to make it a 2-1 Tigers lead.
Mizzou broke the game open in the sixth inning, scoring four runs on a two-run double by Crane, and RBI singles by freshman third baseman Amanda Sanchez and senior shortstop Corrin Genovese.
The Dot Richardson Invitational continues for the Tigers Saturday morning with games against UCF and Cleveland State.