Chance Sticklen, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers softball team has had a busy start to their season, consisting largely of tournament play and many ranked opponents. Their latest test on Friday came against the North Carolina Tar Heels. For Tiger fans, it was one of the easier games to watch all season. Missouri kept North Carolina scoreless through five innings, run ruling the Tar Heels, 9-0.

Friday’s blowout against the Tar Heels gave Mizzou their first run rule of the season, while recording its second shutout triumph.

The Tigers offense was on point early. A lead off solo homerun in the first inning by Cayla Kessinger put Mizzou on the board first, 1-0. The sophomore extended her on base streak to 24 games. Her streak is now tied for seventh longest in program history.

Kara Decker also contributed to the Tigers first inning success, knocking her first career double to center field. Decker’s hit allowed two Tigers to cross plate (Brooke Wilmes and Rylee Pierce). Tigers controlled a 3-0, after one inning of play.

North Carolina walked six batter and struck two Tigers, and were unable to get any sort of offense going over the five innings.

Mizzou’s Maddie Norman was solid thru four innings, allowing no runs and delivering four strikeouts.

The Tigers moved to 8-6 on the season and will compete in another double header Saturday, Feb 24. against Wisconsin (11:30 am first pitch approx) and Bethune-Cookman (7 pm first pitch approx).