Clutch homer gives Softball double-header split

By Jared Koller, 23 Sports

Saturday, Feb. 14-

After the Tigers first loss of the year against UCF Saturday morning, No. 18 Missouri bounced back in game two of the double-header topping Cleveland State 4-2.

Freshman Paige Lowary started her second career college game and earned her second career win giving up just one run on three hits in 5.1 innings. She would also strike out eight while walking three.

The Tigers were down 1-0 in the third before sophomore Jordan Zolman hit a leadoff double, followed by a Cleveland State infield error that would score pinch runner Anna Reed tying the game at one.

It would stay tied until the fifth inning, when Mizzou’s power broke out for the first time this year. Senior catcher Alyssa Cousins sparked the team with a pinch hit double, followed by Taylor Gadbois reaching on infield single.

This set the stage for junior Sami Fagan, who smoked the team’s first home run of the 2015 season, and her sixth RBI of the year, giving the Tigers a convincing 4-1 lead.

That would prove to be more than enough for the Tigers as sophomore transfer from Nebraska-Omaha Cheyenne Baxter entered in the sixth inning, looking to shut the door.

Cleveland State would see two-reach base but Baxter limited the damage to just one run and shut the door for her first save of the year.

Coming off of a 1-0 shut out loss earlier in the day, the big fifth inning proved huge for the Tigers, as they were able to split the day and improve to 3-1 and overall. The Tigers were held to just five hits, but three of those were timely extra base hits helping the Tigers reach their four run output.

The Tigers will hope for continued stellar pitching next time, as they take on South Dakota State on Sunday, with the first pitch at 10:30 a.m.