Ethan Illers, 23 Sports

Saturday, February 20

The Missouri Tigers softball team came out swinging on Saturday, knocking off the UAB Blazers by a final score of 12-5 at the Citrus Classic in Kissimmee, Florida.

The Mizzou offense struck early and often, racking up six runs on six hits in the first inning. Junior catcher Kirsten Mack got the Tigers on the scoreboard first, lacing an RBI single to put the first run on the board.

Sophomore 3B Amanda Sanchez knocked in two more runs with a single of her own. The exclamation point came off the bat of junior utility woman Chloe Rathburn with a three-run blast over the centerfield wall, the first of her career.

Although UAB was able to cut into the Tiger lead with a three-run fourth inning, Mizzou responded in the bottom half of the frame, tallying four runs on three hits.

Rathburn came in clutch again, this time smashing a double into the gap, scoring two runs in the process.

After pitching two solid innings, Paige Lowary returned in relief to close out the game for the Tigers. She ended up getting the win for her squad, her second in as many days.

Missouri Softball continues its run in the Citrus Classic on Sunday at 9 a.m. against Stephen F. Austin.

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