Marcus Thomas, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers lost both games of their doubleheader in the Kajikawa Classic on Saturday. They first fell 6-1 to Oregon before dropping a close one 4-3 to Oregon State.

In game one the Tigers started junior Eli Daniel, who surrendered two runs in three innings pitched, dropping her record to 0-1. Daniel also recorded a strikeout and allowed four walks. She was relieved for in the fourth by fellow junior Nalani Scates, who also gave up two runs in three innings pitched while also striking out one and walking three. The game was finished by sophomore Baleigh Koester, who surrendered another two runs, both unearned. She also struck out one and walked two.

The Tigers lacked the cleanliness of the game it would take to defeat a powerful softball program, committing three errors and giving up nine walks in the game.

Oregon started sophomore Jordan Dail, who improved her record to 3-0. Dail went the whole seven innings, giving up the lone Tiger run while striking out six and walking two.She gave up Missouri’s lone run, sixth inning home run from redshirt freshman Kendyll Bailey, the first of Bailey’s career.

Missouri got a second chance at ending the day on a high note with game two being played against Oregon State, but dropped a close pitching duel in eight innings, 4-3.

Game two was started for the Tigers by redshirt Senior Madi Norman and the loss dropped her record to 1-1 for the season. Oregon State started by sophomore pitcher Mariah Mazon. She improved her season record to 3-0. Both pitchers went all eight innings with Norman being responsible for all four Beaver runs and Mazon giving up all three Tiger runs. Norman pitched well, surrendering only six hits and striking out two with only one walk. Mazon gave up seven runs while striking out nine and walking two.

Missouri’s offense was led by both sophomore Kim Wert and sophomore Hatti Moore, who collectively drove in all three runs and with Wert hitting a homerun in the fifth to tie the game. Oregon State’s offense was led by Frankie Hammoude and Missie Nunes who collectively drove in all four runs and with Hammoude driving in the game winning run, scoring Jessica Garcia.

Missouri softball gets back into action Sunday against rival Kansas.