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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.

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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Freshmen dominate Mizzou softball’s Black & Gold Game

Story by Sam Richmond

A pair of freshmen stole the show at the Missouri softball team’s annual Black & Gold Game on Saturday at Dan Devine Pavilion.

Catcher Kirsten Mack (three home runs and five RBIs) and pitcher Tori Finucane (one run allowed in seven innings pitched) led the Black team to an 8-7 victory.

“Tori did awesome,” Mack said. “She was locked in. Her balls were spinning great. She had all three pitches: her drop, her rise and her change. When you have all three pitches working 100 percent, that’s deadly.”

But it was Mack’s performance that stood out the most to coach Ehren Earleywine, saying he had never seen his Read more of this post

Mizzou softball ranked 14th, 17th in preseason polls

By Sam Hustis and Sam Richmond

The Missouri softball team will enter the 2014 season ranked No. 14 according to the USA Today/NFCA Division I preseason rankings, and No. 17 according to the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 preseason poll.

This is the seventh consecutive time in coach Ehren Earleywine’s eight-year Missouri career his team has started the season ranked in the top 25.

The Tigers ended the season last year ranked No. 11 by both polls after going 38-14 overall and 15-8 in conference.  The 2013 team reached its sixth consecutive NCAA Super Regional, losing the best-of-three game series to Read more of this post

After disappointing end, Mizzou softball future looking bright

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

From the highest-level athlete to a fan of a really good team, there’s nothing quite so shocking as the upset loss that ends a season with high expectations, expectations now crashed to earth. It’s even worse when it means the end of a great career, that beloved superstar that walks off the field for the last time, never having quite made it to the Promised Land.

After a second straight year of a shocking loss in an NCAA Super Regional, this time to Washington (it was LSU last time around), the MU softball program and its fans now look to life without Chelsea.

Chelsea Thomas, with all those All-American awards and Pitcher of the Year in two conferences, is gone for good. So are several other top players including some that are darn near irreplaceable. We lose Nicole Hudson, whose move from the field to the pitching circle didn’t keep her from being one of the team’s most reliable hitters. Farewell Jenna Marston, who became a terrific catcher and also contributed a lot to the offense. Lindsey Muller, Princess Krebs, and Rachel Hay all have played their final game in the black and gold.

But, after even with the loss of quite possibly the greatest player in the program’s history, and several other key components, there’s reason for plenty of optimism. Read more of this post

Mizzou to face Arkansas in SEC Tournament

By Karl Roskamp

It’s been a winding journey for No. 11 Missouri as it gears up to play No. 22 Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday.

Missouri has dealt with transfers, injuries and erratic weather en route to a three-seed in the SEC tournament.  The culmination of those factors has lead to the Tigers being a tired team.

“This time of the year, you’re so exhausted,” coach Ehren Earleywine said during a teleconference Monday afternoon.

Earleywine is taking a hands off approach to the tournament.  He plans on having players rest and study film, rather than practicing in Lexington. “If you don’t have it now, you won’t have it then,” Earleywine said.

Despite the factors leading to a tired team, players should not be overwhelmed playing in a new conference tournament.  First, Tennessee co-coach Karen Weekley called the Tigers “SEC ready” based on the team’s high-caliber of coaching, hitting and pitching.

Secondly, Missouri did not have the tournament on its radar.

“At the start of the year, it was not one of our goals to win the SEC Tournament,” Earleywine said.

Earleywine is focused on the Super Regional and sees the tournament as a tune-up.  If he had his way, there wouldn’t even be a conference tournament.

“I’m not a fan of the SEC Tournament, or any post-season conference tournament,” Earleywine said, describing it as “anticlimactic” and fatiguing.

Fatigue was a major factor in Missouri’s previous series against Arkansas, when the Razorbacks took two out of three games at University Field on national television.  The Tigers will play on Thursday May 8, at 3 p.m. at John Cropp Stadium.

Hudson’s grand slam spurs Mizzou to victory

By Karl Roskamp and Peter Terpstra 

The No. 11 Missouri Tigers found themselves in a deep hole Sunday afternoon but were able to dig themselves out, beating No. 4 Tennessee 12-8 in a halted game at University Field.

“That’s one of the coolest games I’ve ever been apart of as a player or a coach,” coach Ehren Earleywine said.

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Mizzou’s Thomas throws no-hitter as Tigers split doubleheader

By Karl Roskamp


With 1,540 people packed into University Field and many more watching the nationally-televised game, Chelsea Thomas pitched a no-hitter to lead No. 11 Missouri to a 2-0 victory in game one against No. 4 Tennessee.

“It’s pretty crazy.  It was a really fun night.  I’ll remember this night for a while,” Thomas said.

The game was her first solo no-hitter of the season and the eleventh of her career. The caliber of competition makes the performance even more special according to coach Ehren Earleywine.

“It’s as good as I can remember because Tennessee lights it up offensively,” he said.  “It was in front of a nice crowd, and it was an important game.  I thought it was extraordinary.”

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