Brooke Lemke – 23 Sports

The Tigers traveled back to the Sunshine State on Wednesday to compete in another ranked matchup. Mizzou and the University of Central Florida both had a case of “five run fever”, as each team rallied to post five runs in a respective inning. The Tigers ended up coming out on top of the Knights 6-5.

The game was broken open by the Tigers in the second when they posted five runs coming from two two-run home runs and another solo shot. Emma Raabe drilled a 3-2 pitch over the centerfield wall to give Mizzou their first two runs of the game. With two outs in the second, Brooke Wilmes reached first on a single then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Cayla Kessinger connected with a pitch to drive in her and Wilmes for her third home run of the season. After a UCF pitching change, Hatti Moore stepped to the plate and launched a shot over the left field wall to give Mizzou a five run lead.

Central Florida found a spark in the bottom of the third inning. The first two batters for the Knights reached on infield singles. Following an out, UCF cleanup Georgia Blair launched a shot over the wall to narrow Mizzou’s lead by two. Shannon Doherty tied the game for UCF at five with a two-run home run.

Mizzou responded quickly to the previous inning’s scoring rally. Jenna Laird started off the action with a one-out triple. Wilmes followed her with a single to the second baseman who threw home in an attempt to block Laird from scoring. The throw was short of the plate and Laird scored, giving Mizzou a 6-5 lead. The lead would stand for the rest of the night as Megan Schumacher pitched 2.2 innings to keep UCF’s bats in check. 

The 6-5 victory for Mizzou improved their record to 7-2. The Tigers continue a stretch of warm weather competition as they travel to Mobile, Alabama to play five games in the South Alabama Tournament.

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