Category Archives: Missouri Softball

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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Missouri bats go quiet in SEC Tournament loss to LSU

By Sam Richmond

The No. 14 Missouri Tigers’ run in the Southeastern Conference softball tournament was a short one. The Tigers fell to Louisiana State 6-0 in the tourney’s quarterfinals on Thursday in Columbia, S.C.

Missouri sent freshman Tori Finucane to the mound, but the Tiger ace struggled early.

Finucane allowed three consecutive hits, including back-to-back doubles that gave LSU a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first.

LSU’s next run would come in the fourth inning after an error committed by junior third baseman Angela Randazzo.

The women from Louisiana would tack on two more runs in the fifth, both also the result of a Missouri error.

The fifth frame would be Finucane’s last. The 21-game winner and top-10 finalist for National Freshman of the Year finished the day with seven hits and two earned runs allowed.

Coach Ehren Earleywine counted on fellow freshman Casey Stangel to pitch the final two innings. Stangel’s only hit allowed was a solo home run in the sixth inning.

Although the Tigers arms weren’t great, the position players were even more of a problem.  Missouri had nearly as many errors (three), as they did hits (four). The team had no extra-base hits in the contest.

With the Tigers SEC tournament championship hopes dashed, the team now waits to see if it will host a regional in the  2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship. The bracket will be announced Sunday, May 11, at 9 p.m on ESPNU.

Finucane, three others receive All-SEC softball honors

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 on Tuesday including Freshman Player of the Year.

The Southeastern Conference released its postseason softball awards on Tuesday, and Missouri freshman Tori Finucane was recognized in three categories. Infielder Corrin Genovese, outfielder Taylor Gadbois and outfielder Mackenzie Sykes join Finucane with All-SEC honors.

While receiving First Team and Freshman All-SEC honors, Finucane was recognized as the conference Freshman Player of the Year. This marks only the second Freshman POY award in program history as Finucane joins outfielder Rhea Taylor, who took home the award in 2008. Finucane compiled a 21-5 record, 1.70 ERA and 166 strikeouts during the regular season.

Genovese and Gadbois also received First Team All-SEC honors, and Sykes was named to the SEC All-Defensive team.

The No. 14 Tigers are in Columbia, S.C., for the SEC softball tournament and will face No. 25 Louisiana State in the second round at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Follow the link for a complete list of SEC award winners.

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