Mizzou softball roars past Monmouth

Mizzou softball roars past Monmouth

Photo courtesy of The Maneater

Aaron Carter, 23 Sports Reporter

Mizzou softball (17-11) finished off its high-powered weekend with a  10-1 victory in a shortened five-inning game (due to the run rule) over Monmouth (6-14) on Sunday. Mizzou scored more than 10 runs in each of their last three games over the course of the South Florida Tournament. Mizzou went 4-1 over the weekend, losing its opening game to Ohio State 5-4, but defeating Rutgers (9-1), North Dakota State (16-6), South Florida (13-4) and Monmouth.

Over the five-game stretch Mizzou scored 52 runs and 53 hits. This performance led to a .379 team batting average, 12 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 47 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Ten Tigers batted over .300, seven batted over .400 and four batted over .500 for the weekend (freshman Braxton Burnside, senior Kristen Mack, junior Anna Reed and sophomore Kolby Romaine).

Burnside has produced all year, but this weekend was a true stand-out performance. Burnside hit her first home run against Rutgers on Friday, then added two grand slams against North Dakota State on Saturday. In addition to her three home runs, Burnside also hit .529, scored seven runs and knocked in 17 runs. She also extended her hit streak to 12 games.

Mack hit well over the weekend also; six of Mack’s eight hits went for extra bases (five of those were doubles, extending her team doubles lead with ten total).

On the hill, sophomore Madi Norman (7-5) was dominant on Sunday. Norman threw four strong innings, allowed two runs, one unearned run and two walks despite only punching out two Monmouth batters. Her fellow pitcher, senior Cheyenne Baxter (5-2), earned two wins over the weekend.

Mizzou returns to SEC play next weekend (March 24-26) with a visit to No. 7 Texas A&M.