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Ethan Illers, 23 Sports

Sunday, February 14—

The Mizzou softball team held its annual black and gold exhibition game on Saturday inside Devine Pavilion with Team Black earning an 8-3 win over Team Gold.

Junior Cheyenne Baxter was the pace setter for Missouri’s pitching staff, throwing six strong innings, surrendering six hits, giving up two earned runs and four strikeouts.

Senior Emily Crane got Team Black started off on the right foot, smashing a leadoff homerun into center field in the first inning. Crane finished the game going 3-for-4 with a homerun, a double, three RBIs, and two runs scored. In the same inning, sophomore Amanda Sanchez sent a runner home with an RBI single.

Team Blacked jumped right out of the gate with a 6-o advantage before redshirt senior Sami Fagan put Team Gold on the board with an RBI single. Team Gold struggled early on offense as Baxter compiled four strikeouts through her first three innings pitched.

Junior Natalie Fleming went yard on an opposite field home run in the fourth inning to extend Team Black’s lead. She also added an RBI base hit in the sixth inning to conclude a 2-for-4 one run, one homerun and two RBI day at the plate.

Redshirt senior Taylor Gadbios was Team Gold’s offensive highlight of the day, scorching an RBI triple over the center fielder’s head. The triple scored sophomore Sara Harvey in the process. Harvey accounted for two of Team Gold’s three runs in the contest.

Freshman Regan Nash had an overall strong day for Team Black, running down two balls in the left field and going 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.

Missouri will kick off its 2016 season on Feb. 19 in Kissimmee, Florida, at the Citrus Classic. Over three days, the Tigers will play six games in the tournament, facing Jacksonville State, Elon, UAB, the College of Charleston, Stephen F. Austin and Stetson.

For more on Mizzou softball, check out mutigers.com, following the team on Twitter @MizzouSoftball and keep it locked right here at mutv.missouri.edu.

Photo courtesy of www.kpbs.org.