Brooke Lemke – 23 Sports

Mizzou travelled to Tallahassee over the weekend to compete in the third annual Jo’Anne Graf Classic against Memphis and the tournament host Florida State. The Tigers walked away with a loss on Friday to the Seminoles and a win on Saturday. They finished the weekend going 3-1 against both Florida State and Memphis.

The Tigers jumped on an early 1-0 lead in the first inning against the Seminoles when Hatti Moore hit a shot out of the park. The home run was Moore’s third of the day, after earning a pair of solo home runs in their first game of the day against Memphis. The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the third when sophomore pitcher Emma Nichols gave up two runs to give Florida State a 2-1 lead.

Kimberly Wert came back in the fourth with a solo shot to tie the game at two with her 23rd career home run at Mizzou. The hitting power for the Tigers slacked the rest of the game, while the Seminoles found a pace to score four runs in the fourth and three runs in the fifth. Florida State topped the tigers in their first matchup 9-2.

Mizzou and Florida State squared off again the next morning, with the Tigers starting a hot streak with the bats. Brooke Wilmes reached base on a single in the first inning, and outfielder Cayla Kessinger drove her Wilmes in on an RBI double to left. In the second inning, Mizzou freshmen Alex Hannold and Jenna Laird started a two out rally with back to back singles. Wilmes slammed a shot to right center and drove in two runs, giving Mizzou a 3-0 lead.

The Tigers earned three more runs in the top of the third making the score 6-0, but the Seminoles responded in the bottom of the inning earning five runs off two home runs and two doubles. Laird continued her two-out hitting streak with a double on a hit to left center, followed by an RBI single from Wilmes.

Wilmes went 5-for-5 at the plate with three runs and three RBIs. The hot hitting for Mizzou led the Tigers to a 9-5 win over Florida State, giving them their first loss of the season. The Tigers ended the tournament outscoring Memphis in both games and a 3-1 record in the tournament. Mizzou travels next to Waco, Texas for the Getterman Classic and intends to host their home opening tournament the weekend of March 12-14.

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