Marc Poland – 23 Sports

On day two of FAU’s Strike Out Cancer Tournament the No. 21 Mizzou Tigers’ softball team showed once again how dominant they can be. The Tigers crushed Florida Atlantic in their doubleheader on Sunday. The Tigers were led by strong pitching performances from Emma Nichols and Jordan Webster. The bats really came alive for the Tigers on Sunday as well, they belted six home runs between the two games. 

Emma Nichols got the nod for the Tigers in game one and pitched a solid game. Nichols pitched six innings on Sunday and tallied six strikeouts (just two shy of her career high). Nichols surrendered one run to the Owls in the second, fourth and sixth innings before being replaced in the bottom of the seventh inning by Megan Schumacher.  Schumacher would close the game out for the Tigers while recording a strikeout of her own. 

The Tigers offense got off to a slow start, but eventually caught fire and stayed hot for the rest of the day.  Cayla Kessinger brought the first run across for the Tigers in the third inning. Kessingger doubled to right field allowing Jenna Laird to score from third base and tying the game at 1-1. In the fourth inning Alex Honnold entered the game to pinch hit for Jazmyn Rollin. With Imani Myint and Cassidy Chaumont already on base; Honnold would double to right field allowing Chaumont and Myint to score giving Mizzou a 3-1 lead. Emma Raabe also launched a two-run home run in the same inning increasing the Mizzou lead to 5-1.

FAU would respond with a run of their own in the fourth inning. Maddie Carlock came around to score for the Owl after Riley Ennis grounded into a fielder’s choice. The Owls would bring in another run in the sixth inning; Kaitlyn Burke homered for the Owls bringing them within two runs. 

Mizzou would really widen the score in the seventh inning, putting up six runs in the inning. Cayla Kessinger slammed a two-run home run to left center to make the score 7-3. Kimberly Wert doubled left field allowing Hatti Moore to score from first. After a couple errors, Wert would advance to third base and eventually scored off a wild pitch. Freshman Riley Frizell entered the game to pinch hit for Emma Raabe and launched her 1st career home run, a two-run shot to right field which gave Mizzou a commanding 11-3 lead and a commanding W. 

In the second game of the doubleheader, it was the Jordan Weber show. Weber was absolutely spectacular in game two, pitching a complete game shutout. Weber carried a perfect game into the fifth inning, but gave up an infield single to Myah Murray breaking the perfect game. Murray was the lone baserunner for FAU on the day. As for Weber, she pitched six innings, allowing one hit and recording six strikeouts (three shy of her career high). 

Weber certainly set the tone for the Tigers in game two. Mizzou got off to a hot start in this game; Hatti Moore singled to centerfield bringing Cayla Kessinger home from second base. In the third inning Kimberly Wert homered to left field giving Mizzou a 2-0 lead. The fourth inning started off well for the Tigers as Alex Honnold recorded a lead off triple and scored off a Jenna Laird single. Brooke Wilmes smashed a two-run home run to centerfield, putting Mizzou up 5-0. 

In the fifth inning, Kendyl Cook scored off a fielding error by FAU’s second baseman. Emma Raabe hit a sacrifice fly out to left field allowing Abby George to score from third base. The Tiger’s were not done scoring on the day, in the final inning Hatti Moore doubled to centerfield and was brought home off a  Kimberly Wert home run to centerfield. Mizzou 9-0. 

FAU had one last opportunity to put something on the board, but went down in order. With the score being 9-0 after six innings, the game was called courtesy of the NCAA’s “run rule”. Mizzou’s second victory of the season by the “run rule”. The Tigers finished the day 2-0 and went 3-1 on the weekend. The Tigers look to carry their hot bats into Orlando on Wednesday as they face off with the UCF Knights on Wednesday.

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