Lukas Parrish – 23 Sports

Missouri softball improved to 34-11 after winning their away series against the No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks 2-1 this past weekend.

Game one saw the Razorbacks jump out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning after Danielle Gibson hit a three-run home run. However, that would end up being the only score Arkansas would have all game as Missouri’s defense quickly picked up and their offense was not far behind.

After holding the Razorbacks scoreless in the bottom of the second inning, the Tigers’ bats got hot. Shortstop Jenna Laird singled to centerfield allowing Alex Honnold to score and Brooke Wilmes to advance to second base. With two outs in the inning, left fielder Casidy Chaumont doubled to left-center which allowed Wilmes and Laird to score and tie the game at three.

The Tigers would continue pressing the gas pedal as they would go on to win 6-3. More impressively, they outhit Arkansas by 11 hits to only two. Pitcher Jordan Weber notched the win for MU as she gave up no hits after the first inning. She improved to 9-2 on the season following the game.

Game two proved to be even more lopsided than the first. The Tigers would never be down in the game. In fact, the only time they were even tied with the Razorbacks was in the second inning at 1-1.

MU would go on to really pull away in the top of the sixth inning behind five scored runs. 

With two outs in the inning and Missouri leading 4-1, Wilmes hit a four-run home run to put the Tigers up 8-1 and put the game away. They would go on to win the game 10-1 and in the process, win the series. The Tigers outhit the Razorbacks 13 hits to two on the day. The win went to pitcher Laurin Krings who improved to 7-2 on the season following 5.1 hitless innings pitched.

Entering game three, the Missouri Tigers looked to complete the sweep over the Razorbacks.

After Arkansas got out to an early 6-0 lead following the second inning, Missouri’s bats got hot just at the right time. On the back of two two-run home runs in the top of the fourth, hit by Kim Wert and Emily Raabe, the Tigers found themselves back in the game. 

Unfortunately for them, it would be the only runs they scored. Arkansas would go on to score two more runs and win the game 8-4. Pitcher Mary Haff received the win for the Razorbacks after pitching 6.1 innings. She improved to 21-4 on the season following the game.

Though a disappointing end to the series for Missouri, a 2-1 series win over the No. 8 team in the country is certainly not a disappointment. Next up for the Tigers will be another difficult test: No. 3 Florida. That series will take place in Columbia from Friday, April 30 to Sunday, May 2.

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