Mizzou Softball Dominated by Ducks

Emerson Stephens, 23 Sports

After winning the first two games of their seasoning opening tournament in Tempe, AZ., the Mizzou softball team ran into the No. 3 Oregon Ducks on Saturday. By only taking one look at the box score, you would see a game dominated by Oregon, who was the clear favorite. In the end that is what happened, but there is reason to believe it could have gone better. Missouri was totally outmatched, and fell 14-2.

Sophomore Eli Daniel got the ball to start for the second time in two days. In her first outing against UTEP, she tossed three shutout innings and got the win. This game would be a much bigger challenge as they were facing one of the best teams in the country.

In the first inning the Ducks managed to get a run across, but it was the second inning that would come back to bite the Tigers. One of the hardest things on a pitcher is watching errors happen, which is exactly how the second inning began. It looked like the Tigers would get around it, making two outs quickly after, but then Oregon would bat around to score 9 times off Daniel and Madi Norman, who came in to relieve mid-inning.

The rest of the game from there on out was more of what you would expect from two competitive opponents. If you disregard the rough second inning, it was a close 5-2 loss. Freshman DP Trenity Edwards provided all of Mizzou’s offense with a two run homer in the fourth.

The Tigers have a chance to get back on track, finishing out the tournament with Oklahoma State and Oregon State.