Missouri Softball Splits Doubleheader

Friday, October 5-

The Missouri softball team split a preseason doubleheader on a cold Friday afternoon. The Tigers defeated Butler County Community College 8-1, but fell to Jefferson College by a count of 4-2.

Senior Nicole Hudson earned another win, leading the Tigers to their game one victory. Hudson let up one earned run while allowing five hits. Also, lead off hitter freshman Emily Crane had a four-hit game, while smacking home two runs.

Mizzou was able to get some inexperienced players some precious playing time before the regular season begins.

Sophomore Kelsea Roth went deep twice in the game, driving in four runs in the process, including the first run of the ball game off of a sacrifice fly.

The Tigers added two more runs in the second inning resulting from some Butler errors and a double off the bat of freshman Carlie Rose.

After Butler County managed to get a run across the plate, Mizzou struck back with a solo shot in the fifth and an explosive four-run sixth. Roth slugged her second long ball of the game over the wall in right, bringing three runs across the plate to score and putting the game out of reach.

The second game did not go as well as the first. Jefferson College was able to hold the Tigers’ bats in check after their eight run outburst in the first contest. Jefferson’s starting pitcher Chelsea Smith tossed seven strong innings, only giving up two runs on three hits.

Mizzou’s starter, Lindsey Muller began the game a bit rough, but she was able to regain her composure and throw six innings allowing two earned runs. Jefferson used two unearned runs after a flurry of Tiger errors to separate for good.

Mizzou will be back on the field at 3:30 p.m. Friday for its final doubleheader of the fall campaign.

-Logan McKee
23 Sports
Staff Writer