Comeback not enough in 10-7 loss to Tennessee

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By Jared Koller, 23 Sports

Sunday, March 22-

The 20-5 Missouri Softball team couldn’t pull off the comeback two games in a row, as the Tigers lost 10-7 to Tennessee, and dropping the series.

Offense was no issue for either team as they combined for five homeruns on 20 hits.

Both teams traded homeruns in the first inning, as Kelsea Roth launched her fifth of the year and 36th career long ball. It was the second inning that caused the most damage when Finucane struggled from the start and failed to get out of the inning. The Volunteers indulged on a six run inning for an 8-2 lead.

Freshman left-hander Paige Lowary came in to limit the damage, and tossed an effective 4.2 innings with five strikeouts. Both teams again traded runs to push things to 9-3, before the Tigers looked to have a big inning of their own.

In the fifth, Emily Crane doubled followed by a Sami Fagan RBI before Amanda Sanchez came through with another Tiger homerun cutting the lead to three.

The tigers were not done though, as Jordan Zolman stepped up with the bases loaded and delivered the RBI single to make it a 9-7 Tennessee lead going into the sixth.

Tennessee’s Megan Greer responded with a solo shot in the next inning, which proved to be more than enough for the Volunteers as the Tigers failed to pull of a second big inning.

Despite Mizzou’s second conference loss, Roth continued her big series as overall she went 4-for-7 with four runs scored.

The Tigers will look to limit the damage earlier on, as Mizzou travels to Lindenwood for a double-header on Wednesday, which starts at 3 p.m.