Missouri softball impresses in double header

By Shannon Sankey, 23 Sports

Friday, Oct. 17-

The University of Missouri women’s soccer team had a busy night as they faced both Central Methodist and Lincoln Trail Community College in a double header on Friday night. The Tigers saw success against both Central Methodist, with a score of 20-1, and Lincoln Trail Community College with a score of 11-0.

Players like junior Sami Fagan, who batted 4-for-9, and freshman Morgan Walters who hit two home runs in a 3-4 game against Central Methodist, were key components for the Tigers.

In the first game against Central Methodist, the Tigers offense exploded with multiple players stepping up and creating chances with multiple hit games. These players include, junior Taylor Gahdbois, freshman Amanda Sanchez, senior Corrin Genovese, sophomore Natalie Fleming, and sophomore Kirtsten Mack.

These weren’t the only players that saw success against Central Methodist, Walters led the way on offense with her five RBIs, and Fleming created scoring chances with her four RBIs.

The offense was not the only part of the team that finished strongly in their first game of the night. Missouri’s defense also had a strong game with sophomore pitcher Tori Finucane pitching 5.0 innings with one-hit, one-run softball, striking out eight batters in the process. As the game began to wind down, relief pitcher Cheyenne Baxter pitched for 1.0 innings and recorded two strikeouts.

The second game of the evening came with as much success as the first for the Tigers. Fagan and sophomore Jordan Zolman made a strong offense showing with three hits each. Sophomore Anna Reed, senior Alyssa Cousins, and freshman Paige Bange also had a convincing offensive game with two of their own.

As the game began to enter the second half against Lincoln Trail, Cousins provided a jump-start for the Tigers with a home run in the sixth inning. As the offense achieved positive results, the defense for the tigers also made a huge impact in their second game against Lincoln Trail.

Freshman pitcher Paige Lowary struck out 13 batters in 5.0 innings, as Lincoln Trail batters were able to record only one hit through all five innings. Once again Baxter was able to come in and close out the game, striking out three batters.

Both games were a dominant win for Mizzou as the team recorded 16 hits in both games including nine extra-base knocks.