Fast start propels No. 20 Missouri softball
FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas - The No. 20 Tigers softball team exploded for nine runs in the first two innings on its way to a 11-1 victory in just five innings against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Mizzou has now outscored opponents 53-8 over the past five games and outscored the Razorbacks 20-1 this series.
Offensively, Sami Fagan had another strong performance with a pair of home runs. Fagan went three for four and finished with four runs batted in.
On the mound for Missouri, Paige Lowary and Cheyenne Baxter combined to allow only one run on two hits as Lowary recorded the win.
Missouri got on the board early in the first inning as Emily Crane singled and stole second base to get in scoring position. A triple by Fagan drove in Crane to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Fagan scored later in the inning off a fielders choice by Corrin Genovese to give Missouri a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
In the second inning, Missouri kept the offense going first with a single to center field by Natalie Fleming and then a bunt by Taylor Gadbois. With two runners on base, Crane tripled to right center to score two runs doubling Mizzou's lead.
Fagan added to her big performance in the next at bat with a two-run home run to make it 6-0 Missouri in the second inning.
The Tigers weren't done yet in the second inning as Amanda Sanchez doubled before Genovese walked and Mack singled to center to load the bases. Kelsea Roth walked to give the Tigers another run while Angela Randazzo flied out to center field with Genovese tagging to score. Missouri added one more run later in the second inning to give Missouri a 9-0 lead after two innings.
Arkansas got on the board in the third inning with a home run, but it was not enough to hold off the Missouri offense. Fagan hit her second home run of the game with a solo shot in the fifth inning, and Anna Reed scored a run off an RBI single to help Missouri cruise to victory.
The Tigers look for the series sweep against Arkansas Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.