Marc Poland – 23 Sports

On Sunday, the No. 18 Mizzou Tigers softball team faced off against the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners on day two of the Courtyard Marriott Tournament. It was the second meeting in as many days between the teams with the Sooners having won the first meeting by a score of 5-2. 

Sunday’s meeting was much different than the first meeting between the teams as Oklahoma dominated from start to finish. Shannon Staile pitched a great game for the Sooners as she was really able to hold the Tigers’ bats in check. Offense was a struggle for the entirety of the game as Mizzou was only able to record two hits. Saile only allowed three runners on base the entire game and held the Tigers to zero runs on the evening. This was the first time all season that the Tigers failed to produce a run of any kind. Saile would record eight strikeouts as well, which just shows how dominant she was on Sunday.  

On the other hand, Mizzou was unable to get that type of pitching performance from their staff. Jordan Weber got the start for the Tigers, but was pulled after just four at-bats. Weber surrendered three hits in just four at-bats, two of which were home runs (a leadoff home run). Weber was then replaced by Sophie Dandola who also did not last long this outing. Dandola would pitch just one quick inning, giving up four runs to the Sooners allowing them to increase their to 7-0. Dandola was then replaced by freshman Laurin Krings. Krings fared the best out of the three pitchers for the Tigers. While she did surrender four runs of her own, Krings did record four strikeouts in 2 ⅔ innings of work . In total the Tiger’s pitching staff would surrender 11 runs to the Sooners in the evening, a season high for runs allowed by the Tigers 

The game was called after the fifth inning due to the NCAA’s Run-Rule. Sunday’s loss was only Mizzou’s fourth of the season, bringing their record to 15-4 with the bulk of their season ahead. The Tigers will look to rebound this weekend as they will host Kent State on Friday in their home opener. Mizzou is the host of the tournament and will welcome the likes of Iowa State and Drake this weekend.

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