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Mizzou softball traveled to Cathedral City, California for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic to face several out of conference west coast teams, including their toughest opponent of the weekend, the No. 5 Arizona Wildcats.

The Tigers opened up their weekend Thursday evening against the Wildcats, battling through three and a half scoreless innings until Arizona’s Jessie Harper hit a solo shot to center field and Sharlize Palacios hit a sacrifice fly to bring Martinez Malia across the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Tigers had the tying runners on second and third base in the top of the seventh inning, but a fly out from Brooke Wilmes would end the game, giving the Wildcats the 2-0 victory.

Mizzou followed this Thursday loss with a Friday double header against Oregon State and UC Davis. After a nine-inning battle against Oregon State, Hatti Moore hit the walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give Mizzou the 5-4 win. The Tigers took an early lead against UC Davis with home runs from Kimberly Wert and Megan Moll, but the Aggies responded with an eight-run fifth inning and a three-run sixth inning, ending the game 11-3 on a mercy rule.

Saturday, the Tigers had another double header against New Mexico and California. They went undefeated on the day, scoring early and shutting out New Mexico 5-0 and getting an early lead against California that the Golden Bears could never come back from. Moore, Wert and Jazmyn Rollin all went yard, helping the Tigers to an 11-7 win.

In their last match up of the weekend against Seattle on Sunday, Mizzou quickly fell behind on a three-run shot to left field by Redhawk’s Bailey Thompson. Cayla Kessinger hit a single in the third inning bringing Wilmes home, but the Tigers would remain scoreless for the rest of the game and be defeated for the first time by a team with a losing record by the Redhawks, 3-1.

This weekend improved Mizzou’s overall record to 12-5. They went in ranked No. 18 in the nation, which could fall a few places because of the losses they took this weekend. The Tigers will host Wichita State and Nebraska this weekend in the Mizzou Tournament. Both should be favorable match ups for the Tigers as the Shockers and Cornhuskers both currently have losing records.

The series starts Saturday at 9 a.m. against Wichita State at Mizzou Softball Stadium.