Category Archives: Missouri Softball

Missouri softball sweeps Ole Miss

Photos by Sam Richmond

Story by Sam Hustis

COLUMBIA – For the second weekend in a row, the Missouri softball team swept an SEC opponent beating the visiting Mississippi Rebels. The Tigers completed the sweep Saturday afternoon when they beat the Rebels 9-1 in six innings due to the run rule.

Tori Finucane delivered a strong pitching performance after allowing two hits, one unearned run and five strikeouts.

The Tigers scored nearly every inning and got the offense started with a solo home run from Natalie Fleming. Saturday was the third game in a row with a home run for the infielder.

The runs kept coming for Missouri in the second inning when Kelli Schkade scored from third on an Emily Crane ground out. This was Crane’s first series back after missing two weeks with a knee injury.

With the Tigers up 5-1 in the sixth inning, Crane hit a sharp single to right field scoring Taylor Gadbois and Schkade. The very next batter, Mackenzie Sykes, tripled to right field and brought home Crane.

Fleming ended the game with an RBI sacrifice fly, moving Missouri to 35-12 on the year, and 12-6 in conference play.

The Tigers host in-state rivals Missouri State on Wednesday before heading to Gainesville, Fla., for a weekend series with the No. 5 University of Florida Gators.

Tigers take two versus Rebels

 

Story by Sam Richmond
Photos by Sam Hustis

The Missouri softball team grabbed two more victories in a doubleheader versus Ole Miss on Friday, April 19, 2014 at University Field.

The wins snap a two-game losing streak and put the Tigers at 34-12 overall and 11-6 in the Southeastern Conference.

The first game saw Missouri come out on top 5-3 in a nail-biter.

The Tigers were down to their final out with nobody on base when junior designated player Angela Randazzo singled sparking a rally. Junior shortstop Corrin Genovese followed with another base hit, leading to a 3-run walkoff home run by freshman third basemen Natalie Fleming.

Randazzo knocked in the Tigers’ other two runs from a first-inning double to right-center field.

Missouri received five innings of one-run ball from freshman pitcher Casey Stangel before senior Alora Marble earned the win by pitching the final two frames of relief. She allowed one hit and a run in the top of the seventh on an Ole Miss double-steal attempt from runners on first and third.

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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 Read more of this post

Mizzou loses to Georgia, unable to close out the series

Sami Fagan grimaces as she is tagged out sliding into home by pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson as catcher Katie Browne watches.

Sami Fagan grimaces as she is tagged out sliding into home by pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson as catcher Katie Browne watches.

Georgia took control with the first pitch. Anna Swafford stepped up to the plate and hit Tori Finucane’s first pitch into right field. After losing two games to the Tigers, Georgia played like a team trying to save face. The Bulldogs would score in that inning on the way to a 6-2 Read more of this post

Sykes powers Mizzou past Georgia, 6-3

Photos by Karen Mitchell

Mackenzie Sykes jumps onto home plate  and into the crowd of cheering teammates after hitting a walk-off home run Saturday, winning the game 6-3.

Mackenzie Sykes jumps onto home plate and into the crowd of cheering teammates after hitting a walk-off home run Saturday, winning the game 6-3.

Mackenzie Sykes drove in four RBIs Saturday including the game-winning walk-off home run to power No. 16 Missouri past No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs, 6-3.

Missouri scored first in the game when Sykes singled in Taylor Gadbois in the first inning. The Tigers scored again in the Read more of this post

Women continue to win in Mizzou Tournament

By Karen Mitchell

Mackenzie Sykes (4) celebrates her grand slam with teammates Saturday.

Mackenzie Sykes (4) celebrates her grand slam with teammates Saturday.

The Missouri softball team picked up two wins in different fashion on the second day of  the Mizzou Tournament. The Tigers crushed North Dakota State 11-2 then squeezed by Oklahoma State, 2-1.

The Tigers had 16 hits in the first game, including a grand slam by Mackenzie Sykes in the fourth inning to break the game open, 7-0. They scored eight runs off eight hits in the fourth inning to lead North Dakota State 11-0. The Bisons were able to put up two runs in the top of the fifth but it wasn’t enough to prolong the game.

Casey Stangel earned the win in the first game, improving her record to 10-4.

In the third game of the day, the Tigers managed only three hits but that was enough to score runs from Taylor Gadbois and Emily Crane for the win. Pitcher Tori Finucane went the full seven innings, throwing nine strike outs and giving up five hits. Her record is now 9-3.

Missouri (21-7, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) is scheduled to play UMKC at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, the last day of the tournament.

Missouri softball opens tournament with victory

By Sam Hustis

COLUMBIA – Missouri opened their 2014 Mizzou Tournament with a win against Ball State on Friday night, 11-3. This was the third win in a row for the Tigers.

Missouri got a strong showing from senior Mackenzie Sykes, who went 3-for-4 with five RBI on the night. Sykes has 20 RBI on the season, and has a slugging percentage of .427 this year.

After allowing two runs in the first, Missouri answered in the bottom of the inning with three runs of their own when Sykes hit a bases clearing double off Ball State pitcher Nichole Steinbach. The Cardinals tied the game 3-3 in the top of the third inning when Taylor Rager hit a solo shot to left field.

The Tigers scored one run in the bottom of the third inning, and three in the fourth inning to pull ahead of the Cardinals. Missouri’s Taylor Gadbois had an RBI single in the frame, and extended her team-record hitting streak to 22 games. She also leads the team with 23 stolen bases on the year.

Freshman pitcher Casey Stangel struggled on the night, and was replaced by Tori Finucane in the fifth inning. Stangel gave up seven hits in four innings of work. Finucane only allowed one hit in the final two innings of the game. Both struck out two batters on the night.

Missouri will play North Dakota State and Oklahoma State Saturday, and close out the Mizzou Tournament against UMKC on Sunday.

Tigers take two from Illinois State

Story by Sam Richmond
Photos by Sam Hustis

Third base Natalie Fleming hits a home run to left field in game two of the doubleheader Wednesday, March 19, 2014. She was 2-3 with 1 RBI on the day.

Third base Natalie Fleming hits a home run to left field in game two of the doubleheader Wednesday, March 19, 2014. She was 2-3 with 1 RBI on the day.

COLUMBIA — After coming up empty last time in a doubleheader against Kentucky, the Missouri softball team swept the Illinois State Redbirds in two games Wednesday afternoon at University Field.

Missouri freshman pitcher Tori Finucane, coming off a seven-run outing against Kentucky, responded with a fantastic pitching performance to give the Tigers the 4-2 win in game one against the Redbirds.

Finucane threw a complete game, allowing just four hits and striking out a season-high of nine batters.
The Tiger ace said she made a few adjustments following her performance against Kentucky and entered today’s game with a positive attitude.
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Kentucky sweeps Missouri in doubleheader to win series

Story by Sam Richmond
Video by Sam Hustis

 

The No. 16 Missouri softball team suffered two heartbreaking defeats at the hands of the No. 9 Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday at University Field.

The Tigers dropped game one, 3-2, and fell 8-7 after eight innings in game two, giving the weekend series victory to Kentucky.

Game one saw Missouri strike first, with both infielder Angela Randazzo and outfielder Mackenzie Sykes plating a run in the first inning. But Wildcat pitcher Kelsey Nunley shut down an explosive Missouri offense the rest of the way.

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Missouri defeats Kentucky in SEC showdown

By Sam Hustis

COLUMBIA – The Missouri Tigers opened up their SEC season with a win against the visiting Kentucky Wildcats 7-2 in their home opener Friday night.

The Tigers got a great outing from freshman pitcher Tori Finucane, who gave up only two runs on nine hits at her first home game for Missouri. The Wildcats also had nine hits in the game, but the Tigers were able to capitalize and comfortably beat the Wildcats.

“Coming out strong in the first inning was great,” Finucane said. “It also helped with that mental aspect of going out there and throwing strikes.”

Entering Friday’s game the top of the lineup for Missouri had been hot.  The trio of Taylor Gadbois, Sami Fagan and Emily Crane combined for 78 hits through 20 games, for an average of 3.9 hits per game.

This trend continued into the bottom of the first inning, when both Gadbois and Crane doubled, as Missouri scored two runs in the inning. All three would get at least one hit in game one against the Wildcats, bringing their combined season total to 83 hits.

“Going out there and getting on base and getting that big one to start it off, that was awesome,” said Crane following the game. “I was excited.”

Missouri continued the scoring in the third inning, with two more runs. Fagan started the inning with a double, and two batters later Angela Randazzo homered to left field, driving in two runs.

The Tigers would add two more runs in the fourth and one in the sixth. Kentucky would tack on two runs in the last inning, but it would not be enough to climb back.  It was the third win in a row from the Tigers, who were coming off a two game win streak in Evansville, Ind.

“If we can come out tomorrow and Sunday and play the same way, and get the bat on the ball and get that many hits up on the board, we shouldn’t have a problem,” Crane said.

Missouri and Kentucky will play a doubleheader Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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