Ryan Crothers, 23 Sports

Over this past weekend, Missouri Softball was enjoying the beautiful weather in Orlando, Florida at the Citrus Blossom Classic. While the weather great, the Tigers were even better. Missouri finished the Citrus Blossom Classic with a record of 5-0, recording four shutouts over the weekend and a dominating combined total score of 39-1.

The tournament started for the Tigers with a 6-0 win over the Troy Trojans. Madi Norman improved her record to 3-1 after getting the start and held the Trojans to just two hits in all seven innings. Freshman Geana Torres had a great game. She had a solo home run in the second inning and a two run home run in the fourth. She finished off game one hitting two for four with 3 RBI’s. Friday’s double-header for Missouri finished off with a commanding 7-0 victory against the Villanova Wildcats. Cassie Gasper pitched a seven inning shutout while only allowing three hits all game. She is now 2-0 on the season. Callie Martin was the only Tiger to have a multiple hit game. She was two for two on the day with a two run bomb in the fourth inning.

The closest game for Missouri this past weekend came on the first game on Saturday, with the Tigers defeating UMass 5-0. Nalani Scates got her first start of the season, and it would end up being a memorable one. She pitched all seven innings, holding the Minutewomen to just two hits and the shutout. Kolby Romaine had a huge game, hitting two for three with a two run home run in the first inning.

The only game of the Citrus Blossom Classic that the Tigers allowed a run came in the second they played Saturday, a match up with the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Tigers still handled business pretty easily, coming away with a 9-1 victory. Madi Norman pithed herself a nice game, only allowing four hits in six innings. Kolby Romaine once more had a huge game, going two for four with three RBI’s coming from her three run home run in the fifth inning.

On Sunday, every Tigers fan dream came true. Mizzou played the University of Kansas Jayhawks for the second time this year, and this time it wasn’t even close. The Tigers destroyed the Jayhawks 12-0, run-ruling them in just five innings. Kim Wert had herself a game to remember, hitting three for four with a three run bomb in the fourth inning. Cassie Grasper got the win on the mound and improved to 3-0 on the season.

The Missouri Tigers are now 8-2 on the season and will look to continue their winning ways this upcoming weekend in Cathedral City in California at the Mary Nutter Classic.