Photo by Madeline Boccardi
Aaron Carter, 23 Sports Reporter
The doubleheader battle between two black and gold teams, Iowa (2-15) and Missouri (12-10), ensued on Wednesday afternoon, and the Tigers proved their true colors with back to back shutout victories over the Hawkeyes.
Mizzou dominated game one, finishing off the Hawkeyes in five short innings en route to a 9-0 victory. The run-rule posted by the Tigers was due to their seven-run fourth inning, however, it wasn’t a typical seven-run inning.
Three errors in the fourth inning lowered the Hawkeyes’ spirits and increased the gap on the scoreboard, as the errors resulted in seven runs scored for the Tigers. However, there was some offensive production that wasn’t aided by the defense.
Sophomore first baseman Rylee Pierce was productive from the leadoff spot, kicking off the scoring for the Tigers in the second inning with a two-run homer to left field, her third of the year. She then sparked the offense in the fourth inning, hustling to first base on an error by Iowa shortstop Lea Thompson, allowing a run to score.
Junior Amanda Sanchez and senior Kirsten Mack tallied the only RBI hits during the fourth inning, both coming on singles to center and right field, respectively (freshman Braxton Burnside also had an RBI fly out).
Then the errors occurred; the fifth, sixth and seventh runs scored in the inning were all due to errors.
Sanchez scored on an error from first baseman Devin Cantu, and Mack and sophomore Regan Nash both scored on another error from Cantu.
Despite the wild occurrences at the plate for the Tigers, the real spotlight shined on the circle and senior pitcher Cheyenne Baxter. Baxter, coming off of an excellent start against the No. 1 Florida Gators this past weekend, continued the momentum into Wednesday, as she set her single-game best with nine strikeouts.
Baxter has allowed one earned run or less in six of her last seven appearances (four starts). Baxter also sports the best ERA on the team at 2.42 following the start on Wednesday.
Missouri took game two by a score of 2-0. Despite the lack of excitement on offense compared to the front-end of the doubleheader, the excitement continued in the circle for the Tigers.
Sophomore Danielle Baumgartner posted her second complete game shutout of the year. Baumgartner, like Baxter, has also pitched well recently, firing scoreless outings in five of her past six appearances (two starts).
Since March 4, Baumgartner has manufactured a 0.36 ERA over 19 1/3 innings pitched. During that stretch her ERA has lowered from 6.30 to 3.38.
The Tigers hit the road this weekend for the 2017 South Florida Tournament. Mizzou will play five games over three days in Clearwater, Florida, beginning with a doubleheader on Friday, March 17.