Maddie Boccardi, 23 Sports Reporter
Mizzou softball (27-18) took care of business again against Nebraska-Omaha with a 7-4 victory. The Tigers have produced victories in all three midweek nonconference matchups this season.
Mizzou scored in each of its opening three innings, earning an early 7-0 advantage over the Mavericks. Senior Kirsten Mack hit a two-run home run in the second inning, while senior Natalie Fleming produced a solo home run in the third. Mack’s home run was the 32nd of her career, tying for seventh place in Missouri history.
Mack’s RBI single in the bottom half of the first inning extended her career-high reached base streak to 22 games. She now matches sophomore Rylee Pierce for the 10th-longest streak in Tiger program history. Mack’s two hits tonight also marked her team-leading 15th multi-hit of the year.
Fleming’s solo home run in the bottom of the third established a new single-season best in home runs. The seventh bomb of the season surpassed her previous mark of six, which she set during her freshman year back in 2014. Fleming finished a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, marking her first three-plus hit performance of the season.
Freshman Gabby Garrison continued her success, producing a perfect 2-for-2 performance at the plate. From the mound, senior Cheyenne Baxter threw four scoreless innings en route to her 14th victory of the season.
The Tigers had an easy 7-0 lead, but the Mavericks didn’t quit. In the top of the sixth, the Mavericks picked up three singles from Nicole Warren, Emily Klosterman and Hailey Bartz and gave up a walk to Emma Dargy. Nebraska-Omaha earned two runs, cutting the score to 7-2.
At the top of the seventh, Vicky Kinnley singled to third base and Kylie Schwarting pinch ran for Kinney. Warren homered to center field and Schwarting scored, making the score 7-4. The Tigers then got out of the inning and ended the game on two ground outs.
The Tigers are heading into a Southeastern Conference series Friday, April 21, against the
No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats. The Tigers will hope to continue the team’s success moving forward in the series.