Mizzou Softball Drops All Three Games in SEC Opener

Ben Clanin, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers softball team lost all three games of their Southeastern Conference opening series against the No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers.

In the first game of the series Mizzou was able to keep up with the Vols through six innings, racking up nine hits a drawing five walks. Mizzou was within one run of Tennessee before a sixth inning grand slam put the Volunteers out of reach for Mizzou. The Tigers had many wasted opportunities in the ball game, leaving nine runners stranded on base in four separate innings. Kolby Romaine was a bright spot for the Tigers though, going 3-4 on the day with a home run, two RBI’s and a run scored. This loss snapped Mizzou’s season high six game win streak.

In the second game of the weekend series, Mizzou’s offense was almost nowhere to be found. The Tigers only put up one hit in the entire game and struck out 11 times in the 7-0 loss. Romaine was the only Tiger to record a hit in the contest. Amanda Sanchez reached base safely in two of her plate appearances, drawing a walk and getting hit by a pitch. This was Mizzou’s worst offensive production so far this season, the previous season low was their three hit effort in their loss to Oregon State on Feb. 11.

Mizzou dropped the third and final game of the series in an 11-3 run rule defeat. The Tigers’ offense did pick up on Sunday though, with seven different players picking up a hit in the contest. Rylee Pierce recorded her ninth multi hit game of the season which is the second most on the team. Hatti Moore, Romaine, and Callie Martin all recorded extra base hits. Romaine also extended her current hit steak to five games which matches her season high hit streak.

The Tiger’s next contest will be a March 14 doubleheader against the Illinois Fighting Illini on the campus of Lindenwood University in St. Charles.