Mizzou bats held quiet in series opener

Mizzou bats held quiet in series opener

Photo courtesy of The Maneater

Justin Bjorseth, 23 Sports Reporter

No. 24 Mizzou softball opened SEC play on Saturday with a trip to Gainesville to take on the No. 1 Florida Gators. This was a tall task for the struggling Tigers, who are now just 11-9 on the season. They were defeated 6-0 and compiled just one hit. The Gators’ starter would go the distance and strike out 10 Tigers along the way. Overall, it was not the way Mizzou hoped to start SEC play.

Tigers’ starter Madi Norman managed to keep Florida off the scoreboard in the first two innings. However, she lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on eight hits and four walks. It’s never easy to throw against an offense that’s smoking the ball, and it’s certainly much harder when you allow free passes as well.

Danielle Baumgartner relieved Norman and stopped the bleeding. She threw the final 2 2/3 innings and allowed just one hit and no runs. This kept Mizzou within striking distance, but the Tigers were still in desperate need of production at the plate.

No production came from the offense until Braxton Burnside knocked the first, and only, hit for Mizzou on the afternoon. Her double was the seventh of the season, leading the team. The double came following a leadoff walk to Amanda Sanchez, and put runners on second and third with no one away. This, of course, was the closest the Tigers would get to scoring. The next three batters were put down and that would end the day for Mizzou.

The teams will meet two more times, with games on Sunday and Monday, to conclude the opening series of SEC play. Photo courtesy of The Maneater