Chance Sticklen, 23 Sports

Heading into Friday’s doubleheader against USF and UMASS Lowell, the Missouri Tigers had dropped their three previous contests, falling to No. 1 Oregon on Feb.10, No. 21 Oklahoma State on Feb. 10 and Oregon State on Feb. 11.

Entering their first game on Friday against USF, the Tigers were sitting at .500 on the season, looking to pick up their fourth win of the season.

Thanks to an impressive performance in the early game, Mizzou was able to capture victory over USF, 10-5. Mizzou opened up with a 5-0 lead after just the first 2 innings.

The Tigers launched a pair of homeruns from Rylee Pierce (3rd winning) and Amanda Sanchez (4th inning), respectively; giving Mizzou a five run lead over Bulls, 8-3.

USF grew closer to Mizzou’s 8-3 lead in the fourth inning, thanks to a single to left field from Cassidy Boyle, the Bulls on trailed by four.

From there, Mizzou picked up two more runs to secure the victory over USF.

For the Tigers, Regan Nash went 2-4, with 2 runs, Amanda Sanchez went 2-3 with 3 runs, Rylee Pierce went 3-4 at the plate, with 3 runs and 1 RBI and finally for Mizzou, Braxton Burnside went 2-4 with 3 RBI’s.

Mizzou also dominated in the afternoon game, defeating UMass Lowell, 9-4.

The bats were hot earlier for the Tigers. Braxton Burnside knocked a double to centerfield, scoring a pair of Tigers and Callie Martin hit Mizzou’s only homerun. Mizzou controlled a 3-2 lead after two innings.

In the fifth inning, UMass Lowell’s Casey Harding hit a two run home run, the River Hawks now up 4-3.

From error to wild pitch to fly out, it was all Tigers from there, scoring six total runs in the in the sixth inning. The River Hawks bats were never strong enough.

The Tigers had another strong showing from Braxton Burnside who finished the game going 3-2, with 3 RBI’s and Regan Nash who went 2-4 at the plate, scoring one run and recording two RBI’s.

Collectively for the Tigers, the stats don’t lie. Mizzou scored a total 19 runs over the team’s two games.

Next up, Missouri gets set for its second doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 17. Mizzou will play back to back games against No. 15 Oklahoma State and Marshall. First pitched scheduled for 9 AM and 11:30 AM.