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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.

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

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

Mizzou wins, one step away from another Women’s College World Series

Chelsea Thomas shuts out Hofstra for a second time

Nicole Hudson (8) is congratulated by teammates Mackenzie Sykes (4) and Jenna Marston (26) after scoring. Missouri beat Hofstra 5-0 in the second game Sunday, May 19, 2013, to win the regional tournament at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Missouri will host the Super Regional tournament. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Nicole Hudson (8) is congratulated by teammates Mackenzie Sykes (4) and Jenna Marston (26) after scoring. Missouri beat Hofstra 5-0 in the second game Sunday, May 19, 2013, to win the regional tournament at University Field in Columbia, Mo.

Missouri needed both games on Sunday to defeat Olivia Galati and the Hofstra Pride.

With Nicole Hudson in the pitching circle, the Tigers were unable to score a run, losing 10-0 in five innings. Missouri managed just four hits while Hofstra had nine.

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Offense carries Mizzou to win over Arkansas

By Karl Roskamp

The Missouri Tigers softball team shakes hands with the Arkansas softball team April 12, 2013 at University Field in Columbia Mo.

The Missouri Tigers softball team shakes hands with the Arkansas softball team on April 12, 2013 at University Field in Columbia Mo.

Kelsea Roth and Mackenzie Sykes combined for six hits and six runs batted in to lift No. 8 Missouri to a 9-0 run rule victory over Arkansas on Friday night at University Field.

The Tigers’ (24-4, 9-3 Southeastern Conference) victory came after two losses at Alabama last weekend. Junior Mackenzie Sykes said losing the series in Tuscaloosa was a motivating factor going into Friday’s game.

“As a team, we didn’t feel like we played that bad (against Alabama) but we wanted to come out here today and make sure we didn’t have a let down.”

Sykes had three hits in three at bats in the game, including a solo home run in the bottom of the third.  Sophomore Kelsea Roth had three hits too and four RBIs including a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to secure a run-rule victory.

“She drilled that ball, it was a line drive home run,” Sykes said of Roth’s home run.  “You can’t hit it any better than that.”

“I was just trying to save our pitching and hopefully get through the five innings so we can save Chelsea as much as we can,” Roth said.

The home run ended the game in the fifth inning and locked up career victory number 102 for Chelsea Thomas, the most in program history.

“That’s pretty special to be part of history for Mizzou softball,” Thomas said.  “I’m very grateful to be here and have a chance to do that.”

Thomas pitched four shutout innings, struck out five batters, allowed two hits and walked two hitters.  Thomas improved to a 15-3 record on the season. Senior Nicole Hudson finished the game by pitching the bottom of the fifth.  She did not allow any runs or hits, and walked one batter.  Even though she pitched one inning, coach Ehren Earleywine saw the value in her performance.

“That was big. Nicole coming probably saved (Thomas) 10 or 12 or 15 pitches,” Earleywine said.

Earleywine was not without apprehension coming into the game after how the Tigers played against Alabama.

“My worry was that she was going to come out guns a blazing and throwing the backside out of it,” he said. “She pitched under control for the most part and tried to locate and so we’re in a good position for tomorrow.”

Missouri will face Arkansas on Saturday at 2 p.m. at University Field.

Roth and Thomas Help Mizzou Cruise to Win Over South Carolina

By Karl Roskamp

Sophomore Kelsea Roth’s two-out grand slam in the bottom of the first inning help propel No. 6 Missouri to a 10-2 six-inning win over South Carolina Saturday evening at University Field.

“We’re in a five game stretch where we’ve swung it really well,” coach Ehren Earleywine said. “I’m just praying that it continues.”

The home run was Roth’s third in the last seven games and her ninth of the season. The Tigers are now 5-1 in the Southeastern Conference and 18-2 overall. The Gamecocks dropped to 1-6 SEC and 18-12 overall.

“That ball was crushed,” pitcher Chelsea Thomas said.  “I love to see any ball hit like that as long as it’s not off me.”

The Gamecocks were unable to answer as Thomas threw four no-hit innings before handing off to senior Nicole Hudson. Thomas had seven strikeouts, all swinging, but uncharacteristically walked three hitters. She had walked 10 hitters in her Read more of this post

Thomas gets her 1,000th strike out, Mizzou squeaks out two wins

Story by Karl Roskamp
Photos by Karen Mitchell

Kelsea Roth (10) is congratulated by Kelsi Jones (23) and Sarah Moore after hitting a home run in the first game Wednesday.

Kelsea Roth (10) is congratulated by Kelsi Jones (23) and Sarah Moore after hitting a home run in the first game Wednesday.

Starting pitcher Chelsea Thomas struck out 10 batters Wednesday, surpassing the 1,000 mark for her career.

Starting pitcher Chelsea Thomas struck out 10 batters Wednesday, surpassing the 1,000 mark for her career.

Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine had little good to say about his team’s two wins over Evansville Wednesday.

“I thought we stunk.  Really disappointed in our hitting, really disappointed in our defense, really disappointed in our enthusiasm,” coach Ehren Earleywine said.  “The only bright spots in my mind were Chelsea (Thomas) and Nicole (Hudson).”

No. 8 Missouri improved to 17-0 all time against Evansville by squeaking out wins, 3-1 and 4-3, in the doubleheader at University Field.

Chelsea Thomas earned her 1,000th career strike out in the first game. Also in that game, Nicole Hudson supplied the offense by driving in all three runs.  She hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Emily Crane in the first inning and followed up by hitting a two-run home run in the third inning.

In the second game, the Purple Aces (6-11, 0-0 Missouri Valley Conference) scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to take their first lead of the day at 3-1.   The Tigers rallied with three runs on three hits including Angela Randazzo’s pinch-hit, go-ahead single to reclaim the lead at 4-3.

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Texas A&M Hits Four Home Runs, Defeats Mizzou

By Karl Roskamp

Texas A&M's Nicole Morgan celebrates the grand slam with her teammates as part of an eight-run sixth inning.

Texas A&M’s Nicole Morgan celebrates the grand slam with her teammates as part of an eight-run sixth inning.

Nicole Morgan and Mel Dumezich hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to
give No. 7 Texas A&M an 11-3 victory over No. 5 Missouri on Saturday.

The Aggies were the first team to score multiple runs off Missouri pitcher, Chelsea Thomas, scoring five before she was
pulled. Texas A&M also managed seven hits and drew three walks.

“Around the fourth or fifth inning it looks like she lost some velocity in conjunction with that they’re a very good
hitting team,” coach Ehren Earleywine said. “It was just a freak thing. She didn’t have it.”

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Hudson fuels Mizzou to Gaucho Classic title, 5-0 start

Story by Karl Roskamp

Nicole Hudson hit her second home run of the season Friday in the DeMarini Invitational.

Nicole Hudson powered Missouri with five home runs. (KBIA Sports file photo)

Missouri’s Nicole Hudson hit five home runs to help the No. 8/7 Tigers claim the Gaucho Classic title and a 5-0 record.

The senior third basemen hit the five home runs in the first four games, including two against UC Santa Barbara in the 11-3 season-opening victory on Friday. Hudson also drove in 11 runs.

As a team, Missouri hit 14 home runs in the three-day tournament.  The substantial slugging goes against the Tigers’ traditional small-ball style. Last season, Hudson was second on the team in home runs with seven, a total she has almost eclipsed in a weekend of play.  It also took Missouri 18 games last season to reach the 14 home run mark.

Missouri followed up its five home run opening win against UCSB with a 4-0 victory over Fresno State. The Tigers were 0-9 all time against the Bulldogs prior to Friday’s meeting.  Redshirt-senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas led the way with seven shutout innings, nine strikeouts and two hits allowed.  Missouri got all its runs from home runs including a solo home run from Hudson and two home runs from first basemen Kelsea Roth.

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