Missouri softball falls to Georgia on the road
ATHENS, Georgia - Following a victory in game one of the series, No. 21 Missouri lost to No. 8 Georgia 6-4 after a trio of runs allowed in the sixth inning.
With the loss, Missouri falls to 24-8 on the season and 6-4 in the SEC.
On the mound, Paige Lowary pitched 5.1 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits before Cheyenne Baxter came into the game in the sixth inning.
After allowing a run due to a single up the middle, Lowary gave up a two-run home run to Alex Hugo giving Georgia a 3-0 lead after three innings.
Lowary settled down and retired the side in order in four out of her five innings.
On offense, Missouri cut the deficit to just one in the fourth inning. Emily Crane got on base with a bunt before rounding the bases on a two-run shot by Amanda Sanchez. The home run is a team-leading nine homers for Sanchez on the season.
Missouri manufactured another run in the sixth inning as Kelsea Roth reached base on a single before Georgia walked Corrin Genovese giving the Tigers runners on first and second. The runners advanced to second and third as the ball got away from the catcher, and Roth scored later in the at bat due to an error at third base. The run tied the game at three in the middle of the sixth inning.
To start the bottom of the sixth inning, Lowary retired her eighth straight batter and Baxter came in for relief. But, Georgia scored on Baxter right away scoring three runs in the inning as the Bulldogs took the lead 6-3.
Although Sami Fagan helped cut the lead to 6-4 in the seventh inning, Gerogia retired the side to get its first win of the series.
Missouri and Georgia will square off in game three of the series Sunday, Apr. 5 at 1 p.m. CT.