Category Archives: Missouri Softball

Howard, Ivory shine in Fall World Series

Ryan Howard fileBy Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

The Missouri baseball team split up for the first three games of an inter-squad matchup this past weekend for their Fall World Series. The team, which was divided into a Black team and a Gold team, featured strong performances by sophomore Ryan Howard and senior Jake Ivory.

The first game, played on Wednesday, was powered by the long ball.

Both the Black and Gold teams used freshman starting pitchers, redshirt freshman Ryan Lee and true freshman Lake Dabney, respectively. Both pitched well, but Dabney made a couple of mistakes to Howard and Ivory, who each launched home runs to power a 3-2 victory by the black team.

Game 2, which was played on Friday, Oct. 10, Read more of this post

Missouri softball keeps rolling with 2 more fall wins

Corrin Genovese helped Missouri take two more fall victories.

Corrin Genovese helped Missouri take two more fall victories.

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

The Missouri softball team continued its strong start to the fall season with wins over North Central Missouri College and Highland Community College on Friday at University Field.

The first game of the day came against North Central Missouri and the Tigers’ bats were firing on all cylinders from the first pitch.

Missouri scored two runs in the first inning and four in the second inning before absolutely exploding in the third inning with 10 more runs added.

The Tigers would ultimately take the game 24-4. Every position player batted in at least one run for the Tigers, who were led by infielder Natalie Fleming and outfielder Emily Crane offensively. Fleming knocked in seven runs while going 5-6. Crane went 5-7 with a double and a Read more of this post

Mizzou soccer prevails in battle of the Tigers

Missouri’s Reagan Russell (6) dribbles by Louisiana State’s Megan Lee (13) as Summer Clarke (4, in white) and Brittany Conley (5, in gold) watch the action on Friday, Sept.19, 2014 at Walton Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. Russell scored two goals (51st, 90th) in Missouri’s 3-1 victory over LSU.

Missouri’s Reagan Russell (6) dribbles by Louisiana State’s Megan Lee (13) as Summer Clarke (4, in white) and Brittany Conley (5, in gold) watch the action on Friday, Sept.19, 2014 at Walton Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. Russell scored two goals (51st, 90th) in Missouri’s 3-1 victory over LSU.

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

Missouri defeated Louisiana State 3-1 Friday night at Walton Stadium to open Southeastern Conference play. Missouri never trailed and controlled possession throughout the game. Missouri (6-1-2) has won four consecutive matches,

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scoring 11 goals during that span.

Junior Reagan Russell had two goals, and freshman Kaitlyn Clark scored her first collegiate goal to put Missouri ahead in the 60th minute. Clark also assisted Russell’s first goal. Missouri held a 21-8 shot advantage over LSU, boosted by a barrage of attempts early in the second half. After a scoreless first period, Missouri managed 12 shots after halftime. Three found the back of the net, and Missouri pushed its unbeaten streak to seven games.

Missouri continues SEC play when it faces South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina at 5 p.m.

Tigers softball rolls to start the fall season

Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane pitches against Oklahoma State on March 22, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Finucane was given three SEC honors on Tuesday including Freshman Player of the Year.

Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane pitches against Oklahoma State on March 22, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Finucane was given three SEC honors in 2014, including Freshman Player of the Year.

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

The Missouri softball team began its fall season with a doubleheader against Crowder and Heartland Community College at University Field on Friday. The Tigers absolutely dominated all areas of the game as they beat Crowder 11-2 and Heartland 15-5.

Freshman Paige Lowary, who won Gatorade’s Softball Player of the Year in Iowa this past year, started the first game for the Tigers. She overpowered Crowder all afternoon, pitching five no-hit innings while striking out 10 batters. She walked two batters in the second inning, but quickly managed her way out of the jam.

Offensively, the Tigers were lead by catcher Sami Fagan, first baseman Kelsea Roth and utility player Natalie Fleming. Fagan and Fleming each had three runs batted in, while Roth lead the team with four. The Tigers had 11 hits to go with their 11 runs, including home runs from Roth and third baseman Alyssa Cousins.

The second game of the doubleheader provided similar results as the first. Sophomore pitcher Tori Finucane allowed one hit and no runs over five innings of work. Her strikeout total, while not as impressive as Lowary’s, was still solid at six.

The Tigers had offensive output by everyone in their second game. Nine Missouri players had at least one hit in the contest. The offense racked up 18 hits and had home runs from third baseman Amanda Sanchez and catcher Kirsten Mack.

The only struggling performer for Missouri was Cheyenne Baxter. Baxter pitched two innings, one in each game, and allowed all seven of the runs the Tigers allowed on the day. All seven runs were earned runs, but not detrimental to Missouri’s chances to win either game.

The Tigers will continue their fall season with another doubleheader against North Central Missouri College and Highland Community College on Friday, Sept. 26 at University Field at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.

New softball stadium, football facility for Mizzou approved by curators

By The Associated Press

A large crowd takes in a softball game at University Field on May 17, 2014. The facility has a listed capacity of 500 people. The University of Missouri Board of Curators have approved a request for a new softball facility. (KBIA file photo)

A large crowd takes in a softball game at University Field on May 17, 2014. The facility has a listed capacity of 500 people. The University of Missouri Board of Curators have approved a request for a new softball facility. (KBIA file photo)

COLUMBIA —University of Missouri curators have approved a request by the flagship Columbia campus for a new women’s softball complex and a new facility for indoor football practices.

A master plan for the Columbia campus endorsed by curators Thursday includes the two new athletic facilities. The Read more of this post

Stangel, three others leaving Mizzou softball team

By Austin Huguelet, Columbia Missourian

Casey Stangel pitched the five inning game against North Dakota State on Saturday. Missouri won 11-2.

Starting pitcher Casey Stangel has left the Missouri program.

COLUMBIA — Four Missouri softball players, including freshman starting pitcher Casey Stangel, are leaving the program, coach Ehren Earleywine said.

“I can confirm that Sarah Moore, Carlie Rose, Kelli Schkade and Casey Stangel are no longer members of our program,” he said in a statement released Wednesday. “We wish Sarah, Carlie, Kelly and Casey the best and thank them and their families for being a part of our program.”

The exact reasons for the four players’ transfers are not clear.

Stangel, a lefthander, posted a 15-10 record with a 3.27 ERA in her first season with the Tigers, including 14 complete games. Stangel was named MaxPreps’ player of the year her senior season for Lake City High School in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, after she compiled a .640 batting average and a perfect 28-0 record with a 0.73 ERA on the mound.

Stangel (15-10) threw seven innings and allowed eight runs, five of which were Read more of this post

Mizzou beats Kansas, faces Nebraska in NCAA regional final

A fan clutches the home run ball hit by Kirsten Mack in the second inning.

A fan clutches the home run ball hit by Kirsten Mack in the second inning.

For awhile Saturday afternoon, you know people were thinking it: was this going to be another Missouri meltdown?

Holding a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning, Missouri allowed Kansas to load the bases with just one out. But shortstop Corrin Read more of this post

Mizzou predicted to win regional softball tournament

Play begins Friday at University Field

By Sam Hustis and Sam Richmond

COLUMBIA – Though the Missouri Tigers softball team enters the postseason tournament having lost three straight games, they remain the favorite to emerge from the regional they host beginning Friday.

Among the teams competing, No. 15 seed Missouri has the most wins, highest national rank and best RPI. Coach Ehren Earleywine’s squad will host Bradley, Kansas and Nebraska at University Field Friday through Sunday. This is the Read more of this post

Mizzou softball in review

Missouri pitcher Tori Finucane hugs Corrin Genovese after recording the final out on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo.  The Tigers will play Bradley University in the second game of the NCAA softball regional held at University Field on Friday at 4:00 p.m.

Missouri pitcher Tori Finucane hugs Corrin Genovese after recording the final out on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers will play Bradley in the second game of the NCAA softball regional at University Field on Friday at 3:00 p.m.

 

By Sam Richmond and Sam Hustis

KBIA Sports reporters Sam Richmond and Sam Hustis review the 2014 Missouri softball season and look ahead to the NCAA Tournament. After finishing 41-16 in the regular season and 15-9 in Southeastern Conference play, the Tigers will host one of the 16 NCAA Regional tournaments, at University Field starting Friday.

Former Big 12 foes Nebraska and Kansas will play at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by Missouri and Bradley at 3:00 p.m.

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Senior Sykes provides leadership for Tigers

Mackenzie Sykes gets one of her hits against Georgia on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Sykes is hitting .272 with eight home runs and 51 RBIs going into Friday's regional game against Bradley.

Mackenzie Sykes gets one of her three hits against No. 13 Georgia on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Missouri begins NCAA Regional action on May 16 and Sykes is currently batting .272 with eight home runs and 51 RBIs on the season.

By Sam Hustis and Sam Richmond

Mackenzie Sykes is nearing the end of her time as a Missouri Tiger softball player.

With the Missouri’s loss to Louisiana State in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament, all that remains for Sykes is the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament beginning Friday, May 16.

After coming off the bench as a freshman in 2010, Sykes earned a starting spot and became one of Missouri’s top players over the next three seasons.

She earned First Team All-Big 12 her sophomore year, batted .319 her junior season and was named to the SEC All-Defensive team in 2014.

As the only four-year senior on Missouri’s roster, Sykes became a leader in 2014 — a duty she more than fulfilled, according to Missouri sophomore catcher Sami Fagan.

“She really stepped up,” Fagan said. “Our team wouldn’t have been here today without her. She really helped us out.”

Coach Ehren Earleywine said Sykes isn’t much of a vocal leader, but she does lead by example.

“If you come out and you’re not hustling, I think you feel a little uneasy about what you’re not doing,” Earleywine said. “You look out in the outfield and she’s sprinting to her position, hustling and trying to win every drill.”

He added that Sykes’ dedication to the sport and being a great teammate has had a lasting impact on him.

“I admire her as an adult,” he said.

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