Seth Pollock, 23 Sports

Missouri’s softball team faced Southeast Missouri State twice in one day at the Southeast Baseball Complex in Cape Girardeau, Mo, and the results could hardly have been more different. The Tigers won game one in run-rule fashion, beating the Redhawks 10-2 in five innings, but fell in game two, 8-2. Mizzou’s game two loss ended what was a 18 game win streak agianst the Redhawks that went back to 2000.

Game one didn’t off to a great start for the Tigers as the Redhawks scored the first run, an Abby Tillotson sacrifice fly in the first. The Tigers responded in the next inning, however, with a Callie Martin three run shot that gave Mizzou a lead they didn’t give up. Addison Barnouski cut Missouri’s lead in half in the bottom half of the inning, but that was as close as the Redhawks would get.

Another homer, this one from Brooke Wilmes, gave the Tigers a 5-2 lead in the third. But the fifth is when Missouri really started pouring it on. Rachel Rook walked in a run with the bases loaded, and in the very next at bat Paige Bange hit a grand slam to give Missouri a 10-2 lead. SEMO wasn’t able to get on the board in the 6th, leading the game to get run-ruled.

The Redhawks started getting their revenge early in the second contest. A couple of walks led to runs when Barnouski hit a double down the right field line, and a homer in the next at bat gave the Redhawks a 5-0 lead.

Both teams were then quiet offensively until Missouri got a run home on a Martin double in the 4th. Two more SEMO homers finished out their 8-2 victory.

Mizzou exited the series with a record of 18-15, while Southeast Missouri went to 16-10. The Tigers return to SEC play with a three game series at Arkansas Friday through Sunday.