Brooke Lemke – 23 Sports

After swinging hot bats and scoring 15 runs in less than three innings on Friday, rain delayed the game and pushed it to Saturday. The Tigers took care of business on the field, beating the Golden Flashes 15-2 in five innings. The win over Kent State also gave MU head coach Larissa Anderson her 200th career win. 

Mizzou set the pace on Friday with quick, consistent hitting and great defense. The Tigers earned six runs in the first inning, highlighted by a base clearing triple by Jenna Laird, along with two-RBI base hits and a sac-fly. MU pitcher Megan Schumacher continued to fire strikes at the plate, striking out a pair in the top of the second.

An RBI in the second inning brought Mizzou’s lead up 7-0 heading into another big inning for the Tigers. Kent State stirred up some trouble in the top of the inning with a runner on third base, but Mizzou’s defense kept them scoreless. 

Brooke Wilmes started a rally with two outs in the bottom of the third, driving a ball deep to centerfield for a three-run shot. Hatti Moore followed suit with a two-out two-run drive of her own. Laird then added to her hitting and RBI total for the day with the second three-run home run of the inning, making the score 15-0 after three innings. 

Going into the top of the fourth, the impending rain caused the game to be postponed until Saturday. When the game resumed the next morning, it was quick to finish. Schumacher remained on the mound for the Tigers, but gave up two runs to the Golden Flashes. Mizzou went scoreless in the bottom of the fourth, and Schumacher added two more strikeouts to her total for the game in the fifth inning where Mizzou won due to a run rule.

Laird and Schumacher were key players of the game, with Laird having a 2-for-3 performance highlighted by a career-high six RBIs and a three run home run and three run triple. Schumacher pitched all five innings for the win and tallied up six strikeouts.

The Tigers are set to continue their home opener weekend with two more games Saturday and two more on Sunday. Mizzou travels to Athens, Georgia next weekend for a three day SEC matchup against Georgia.

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