Mizzou Softball Drops Tight Series to Kentucky

By Tyler Murry, 23 Sports

Saturday, March 15-

After cruising to a 7-2 win against Kentucky on Friday, Missouri dropped Saturday’s doubleheader 2-7, 3-8.  Despite two losing efforts, Mizzou’s Taylor Gadbois and Emily Crane were strong in the series, combining to go 11-24 at the plate.  After the series, Missouri falls to 16-7 and 2-4 in the SEC.

In game one, Missouri sent Tori Finucane to the hill against the Wildcats.  Finucane went seven innings with just two earned runs on a total of nine hits to collect the win.

Mizzou’s offense began in the third inning with Angela Razzazo rocketing a two-run shot over the center field wall to score Sami Fagan and give the Tigers a lead.  The Tigers would continue the offensive production with three more runs over the next three innings, led by timely hits from Gadbois and Ashtin Stephens before a big double by Crane to put Mizzou out on top 7-0.

Kentucky would add two runs later in the game, but Finucane closed the game out. The freshman got the complete game and her third win against a ranked opponent this season.

Game two was a different story as the Mizzou offense struggled with runners in scoring position.  Despite nine hits during the game, Mizzou was only able to tally two runs, which was too little for Casey Stangel who allowed three runs in seven innings.

Lauren Cumbess was the difference for the Wildcats as she went 2-3 with an RBI, along with a pair of RBI’s by Griffin Joiner to knot the series up at 1-1 going into the final game of the series.

Both teams exploded offensively in game three with Nikki Sagermann going 3-5 with a trio of RBI’s early in the game.  Despite having success on the mound in game one, Finucane struggled in this match with seven earned runs and four walks on 12 hits.  Ginny Carroll and Christian Stokes also piled on the run support going a combined 4-8 with three RBI’s.

The Tigers roared back in the sixth and seventh innings with a combined top of the order production of 8-17 at the plate with four runs.  However, the bottom of the order struggled against Kentucky’s Meagan Prince and Mizzou fell just short to drop the series 2-1.

Missouri will open a two-game doubleheader against Illinois St. on March 19 at home.

First pitch is set at 3 p.m.