Josh Ellenburg-23Sports

The Mizzou Softball team played two games on Saturday in Clearwater, Florida. The Tigers were undefeated going into the day and held an 18th national ranking. The Tigers would be tested on Saturday as they faced tough competition in Virginia Tech and no. 20 James Madison.

Mizzou faced off against Virginia Tech at noon. The game started out slow, going scoreless through three innings. Virginia Tech drew first blood with a hit to right field from Bailey that drove in Trull. Mizzou went scoreless through the first four innings of the game.

The game was bust wide open in the fifth inning. Trull had a hit up the middle that drove in two runs to give Virginia Tech a three to nothing lead, followed by a two-run home run by Chavez to give them a five to nothing lead. Mizzou, now trailing by five, responded in the fifth with some offense of their own, starting with Myint scoring on a wild pitch. The Tigers managed to match the Hokies five runs in that inning.

Mizzou managed to keep Virginia Tech scoreless in the top of the sixth. On the offensive end, they were able to put up one more run, putting them up six to five, which was enough to win the game. Eli Daniel was credited with the Mizzou’s win as she came in to pitch during the sixth inning. Mizzou improved to nine wins on the season and turned around to play James Madison at five p.m.
The game was scoreless until the third when Moore hit a three-run home run to give the Tigers the lead. James Madison was able to counter this in the bottom of the inning by scoring three runs of their own. Jubas was able to hit a two-RBI double followed by a one-RBI double by Newton.

Neither team would score again until the sixth inning, where Jubas would hit a two-run home run for the Duke Dogs. This put James Madison up five to three heading into the seventh inning. In order to stay alive, the Tigers were able to put up two more runs on a two-run home run by Baily, sending the game into extra innings.

In extras, Rollin started things off for the Tigers by hitting a two-run home run to give them a seven to five lead. James Madison was able to respond with a two-run homer by Naujokas to tie the game at seven. Newton hit a sacrifice fly to center field to send Gordon home, winning the game.

The Tigers received their first loss of the season after a competitive day of softball in Clearwater, Florida. Mizzou will face off against no. 18 Minnesota for their last game of the St Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational on Sunday.