Missouri Tigers Softball take Two out of Three against No. 8 Ranked Georgia Bulldogs in Their Weekend Series

Bradley Davis, 23 Sports

Mizzou took on Georgia for a three game set Friday through Saturday at Mizzou Softball Stadium. A walk-off error in game three sealed the series for the Tigers, their first SEC series win under head coach Larissa Anderson. They now hold a 13-11 record and are 2-4 in SEC play, with three wins against top 15 ranked opponents.

GAME ONE: This game would not be a good indicator for the high-scoring battles to come later in the series, as Georgia and Mizzou were locked in a close pitchers duel with the Bulldogs coming out on top, 1-0. Mizzou starting pitcher Maddie Norman fell to 6-5 on the season, despite giving up only four hits and zero earned runs in seven innings of work. The Tigers offense could only muster two hits against the Bulldogs in the shutout.

GAME TWO: The Mizzou bats bounced back in a big way on Saturday, routing Georgia 7-3. Sophomore Brooke Wilmes provided the spark, hitting a perfect three for three with two RBIs and a run scored for the day. Mizzou starting pitcher Cassie Gasper followed up Norman’s complete game with one of her own, the third of her career. She held Georgia to three runs on only four hits, and claimed her fourth win of the season.

GAME THREE: Mizzou led by as many as four runs early before falling behind 7-5 with Georgia threatening to add more with the bases loaded in this wild back-and-forth contest. However relief came for Mizzou in the form of pitcher Eli Daniel, who battled out of the bases loaded jam and stifled the bulldogs in her 3.1 innings of work, giving up no runs in her second win of the season. The hero of the game was freshman 1B Emma Raabe. Raabe’s solo shot in the bottom of the fourth cut the deficit to one, and with the bases loaded and the game on the line in the bottom of the seventh, her hit was mishandled by the shortstop, allowing the walk-off run to score, completing Mizzou’s 8-7 comeback.

NEXT: The Tigers host Bradley University at the Mizzou Softball Stadium for one game only March 20th at 3 p.m. before hitting the road to take on SEC foe Kentucky in a three-game series beginning March 22nd.