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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 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.

Length: 13:28

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.

Length: 2:35

 Thinking Out Loud, Saturday Sports: Kim Anderson, 1954 baseball team, Sami Fagan

Darren Hellwege logoThis week on Thinking Out Loud Saturday Sports Darren Hellwege talks about Mizzou’s new men’s basketball coach, Kim Anderson. We’ll hear from Mike Alden, Tiger legend Jon Sunvold, current Tiger player Ryan Rosburg and from the coach himself.

We also have reports on why Southeastern Conference football coaches are unhappy about how the league will be scheduling games; a report about how Sami Fagan is adjusting to a difficult move from shortstop to catcher in an attempt to inject more offense into Ehren Earleywine’s MU softball team.

And as Missouri honors its 1954 national championship baseball team, we’ll talk with the winning pitcher from the title game and hear some great stories of that legendary team and Missouri Hall of Fame coach, “Hi” Simmons.

Length: 59:59

 

Missouri’s title hopes dashed in loss to Alabama

Tiger shortstop Corrin Genovese asks for a timeout after an error by infielder Angela Randazzo on Friday, May 2 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Genovese had one of Missouri’s four hits in the loss.

Tiger shortstop Corrin Genovese asks for a timeout after an error by infielder Angela Randazzo on Friday, May 2 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Genovese had one of Missouri’s four hits in the loss.

By Sam Hustis

Missouri softball witnessed an opposing team celebrate at University Field after the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Tigers 3-1, clinching the Southeastern Conference regular season championship on Friday night.

“It’s disgusting,” coach Ehren Earleywine said. “You do something like that in baseball and you could get into trouble for it.”

Alabama’s Sydney Littlejohn gave up four hits and one earned run on her way to a complete game victory.

“We haven’t seen anything like her curveball all year,” Corrin Genovese said.

Alabama picked up the first run of the contest when Read more of this post

Tigers grab pivotal SEC win against Alabama

 

Emily Crane approaches home plate after her third inning home run on May 1, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Crane had two hits on the night, and her home run gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead in the third inning.

Emily Crane approaches home plate after her third inning home run on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Crane had two hits on the night, and her home run gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead in the third inning.

Story by Sam Richmond
Photos by Sam Hustis

The No. 13 Missouri softball team kept its slim chance at a Southeastern Conference Regular Season Championship alive Thursday night, as they defeated No. 6 Alabama 8-6 on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo.

To finish with an SEC title, the Tigers (41-13, 15-7 in SEC) need to win the final two games of this weekend’s series against the Crimson Tide and have at least one Tennessee loss in its final three games against Ole Miss.

Missouri won Thursday’s back-and-forth game because of its bats, which usually isn’t the case when they send pitcher Tori Finucane to the hill. The freshman phenomenon entered the game with a 1.66 ERA, but struggled against a potent Alabama offense.

She allowed a run in each of the first two innings, which put the Tigers in an early hole. Missouri found its first lead in the third inning after an RBI single from sophomore infielder Sami Fagan and a two-run home run from sophomore outfielder Emily Crane.

The Tigers would give Finucane even more breathing room in the fifth inning when they packed on two more, due to junior infielder Angela Randazzo’s sacrifice fly and junior first baseman Kelsea Roth’s solo home run.

However, Finucane having a cushion quickly turned into a Tiger deficit, as Missouri’s 21-game winner allowed a grand slam to the Crimson Tide’s Kallie Case in the sixth inning.

But the Tiger bats just wouldn’t stop.

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Missouri softball sweeps doubleheader against Creighton

Photos by Sam Richmond
Story by Sam Hustis

COLUMBIA – On a cold and rainy Columbia afternoon, the University of Missouri softball team swept the Creighton Bluejays in a doubleheader on Tuesday. The fifteenth-ranked Tigers moved to 40-13 on the year, and 26-6 at home.

The temperature may have been cold, but the bats were hot for the Tigers in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Missouri scored 11 runs en route to a 11-6 win. The offense cooled with the weather for Game 2, and Missouri escaped a Read more of this post

Finucane, Tigers shutout Missouri State

By Sam Richmond

Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane and the No. 15 Missouri softball team took down Missouri State at University Field in Columbia, Mo., on Wednesday.

The Tiger ace mowed down the Bears to the tune of a complete game shutout, while striking out five batters and allowing just three hits.

Finucane continued a string of dominance by not allowing an earned run in four consecutive starts.

“Tori’s really heating up at the right part of the season,” said junior shortstop Corrin Genovese.

Finucane, a Top 25 Freshman of the Year finalist, attributes her recent performance to 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.

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