No. 15 Mizzou Softball Takes Down No. 3 Florida

By Nick Yahl, 23 Sports

Monday, April 28-

The No. 15 Missouri softball team picked up a series victory over the No. 3 Florida Gators over the weekend to improve its record to 38-13 on the season and 14-7 in conference play. The Tigers backed by two strong outings from Tori Finucane and an impressive offense performance from Corrine Genovese took two out of three games from the Gators.

In game one, Mizzou started the scoring in the third inning as the Tigers plated two runs to give them a 2-0 advantage. In the fifth inning, a two-run double off the bat of Angela Randazzo pushed the Tiger lead to 4-0. Genovese added an insurance run with an RBI single later in the inning. Though Finucane gave up a pair of homers late, Mizzou was able to hold on to a 5-3 victory in the opening game.

The Gators bats came alive in game two after the Tigers bats tallied four runs in the opening frame to give Mizzou an early 4-0 lead. A five-run third inning gave Florida the edge and the Gators never looked back. Lauren Haeger added a three-run home run in the fourth to push the Florida lead to 9-4. With a commanding outing, Haeger also earned her eight win of the season to push her record to 8-1 on the season as the Gators defeated the Tigers 9-4.

In the rubber match, the Tigers were able to jump out to another early lead as they plated four runners off a Genovese grand slam for a 4-0 lead. Casey Stangel padded Mizzou’s lead in the second when she connected for a monster shot, pushing the Tigers lead to 5-0. After a strong response by the Gators in the bottom half of the second, Finucane worked around a pair of jams in the third and fifth innings. She recorded 10 strikeouts across seven innings as Mizzou prevailed 5-4 to take the series.

The team returns to action tomorrow afternoon when it hosts the Creighton Bluejays in a double header. First pitch of game one is set for 3:00 pm.