Ben Clanin, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers softball team opened up its 2018 season on a strong note, with a 3-0 victory over the University of Texas, El Paso. Mizzou’s win over UTEP marks the first ever win for head coach Gina Fogue, who was hired just weeks before the season began. There were a few notable performances that came from the Tigers against the Miners and it began with a couple of strong pitching performances. Starting pitcher Laruen Rice got the shutout win behind three perfect innings, she gave up no hits, runs, or walks and had five strikeouts in her 2018 debut. The save went to Madi Norman, who came in and closed out the last four innings for the Tigers, she did not allow and runs and only gave up two hits, she struck out six Miners and gave up one walk.

Amanda Sanchez and Kolby Romaine led the offense for Mizzou in their 3-0 victory of UTEP. Sanchez, who patrols the hot corner for the Tigers and bats second in the lineup, went 3-4 with three base hits. Romaine went 2-3 on the day with a double and drove in one of the three Tigers runs. The Tigers were also running wild on the base paths vs. UTEP, with four Tigers swiping a bag in the contest.

The Tigers next game will be against the No. 3 Oregon Ducks on Feb. 2nd, first pitch is slated for 12:30.