Eleanor Sheahan – 23 Sports

Mizzou softball kicked off the South Alabama Invitational on Friday. After beating Middle Tennessee State, 6-3, and South Alabama, 8-3, Mizzou headed into Saturday’s games with massive momentum.  

In the morning the Tigers started off strong against Northwestern State. Singles from Brooke Wilmes, Cayla Kessinger and Hatti Moore filled the bases for Missouri in the first inning. Up at bat, Kimberly Wert hit a sacrifice fly allowing the first run to score. Kessinger returned home next, thanks to an RBI from Emma Raabe. Moore soon followed her teammate after  Northwestern State’s left fielder made a throwing error. Kendyll Bailey did not leave her teammate Emma Raabe stranded on second base. Instead, Bailey’s single allowed Raabe to score and the Tigers took an early 4-0 lead in the first. 

With momentum on their side and Jordan Weber on the mound, Northwestern State was no match to Missouri. Pitching for the Tigers was sophomore right-hander Jordan Weber (4-0). Weber led the Tigers to the victory by pitching for four scoreless innings. The only hope Northwestern State had was when Weber was revealed, but Megan Schumacher showed no mercy. The Tigers shutout Northwestern State, 8-0. 

The afternoon’s match-up was versus SIUE. In the second game of the day and the fourth for the tournament, Missouri continued to dominate. Just like in the morning’s game, Mizzou capitalized on their opponent’s mistakes and scored on the other teams throwing errors. This time a single from Jenna Laird and a bad throw from SIUE’s third basemen grabbed Mizzou a 2-0 lead in the top of the second.

In the third inning, SIUE was able to sneak a run in with a fast single directly into right field. With SIUE only one run behind Missouri stepped on the gas. In the fourth Jazmyn Rollin entered the game as a pinch-runner. Rollin stole not one, but two bases and was able to score thanks to a bad throw by the catcher. Ahead 3-1 at the end of the firth the Tigers felt good. Missouri picked up three more runs in the top of the sixth with the help of Jenna Laird’s singles and Brooke Wilmes’ baserunning. 

Emma Nichols was the starting pitcher for the Tigers and only allowed one run to score. In the fourth inning, Laurin Krings relieved Nichols and then pitched three innings with no hits. Sophie Dandola closed out the game, permitting no runs to score, and secured the 6-1 win for the Tigers. 

Missouri closed out the tournament by playing Middle Tennessee State on Sunday. The Tigers will return to the plate on March 5 in the Courtyard Marriott Tournament.

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