Earleywine achieves milestone as Tigers sweep doubleheader

By Sam Hustis
Photos by Sam Richmond

 

COLUMBIA – Missouri Tigers softball coach Ehren Earleywine earned career win No. 500 as the 16th-ranked Tigers swept the Western Illinois Leathernecks in a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at University Field.

The Tigers and freshman pitcher Tori Finucane started Game 1 in a jam after Teagan Walsh doubled to right and scored Sammy Marshall in the first inning. Missouri answered with  a run of its own in the fourth inning when Corrin Genovese singled up the middle and scored Natalie Fleming.

The two teams swapped runs in the fifth to knot the game at two. Carlie Rose scored the winning run for the Tigers in the sixth inning when Kelli Schkade singled to right field.

Finucane pitched a complete game striking out five batters and allowing one earned run on five hits. The reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week improved her record to 13-5 on the year.

Missouri was in complete control of Game 2 and cruised to a 5-0 win. Schkade led off the first inning with a single and scored the first run courtesy of Angela Randazzo’s RBI.

Schkade fell a home run short of the cycle when she tripled to right-center in the fourth inning. The Tigers scored one run in the fifth, and another in the sixth.

Even though his team swept the doubleheader, Earleywine was unimpressed with his team’s performance.

“We got in plus counts and swung at bad pitches and we got in pitcher’s counts and took strikes. It was totally backwards from what it’s supposed to be,” Earleywine said.

Casey Stangel followed the pattern set by her freshman teammate and shut out the Leathernecks with three strikeouts and three hits allowed.

“I think today I was good at keeping my drop ball down and throwing lots of rise balls and mixing in change ups,” Stangel said.

Next for the Tigers is a three game series at No. 20 Auburn on Friday, April 11.

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