Softball blows out Cal State-Fullerton

By Aaron K. Ladd, 23 Sports

Thursday, Feb. 19-

Mizzou Softball continued their great play early this season with a 10-2 rout over Cal State-Fullerton in their opening game of the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, California. Each Tiger managed to collect a hit as the Tigers (5-1) run-ruled the Titans (7-4) in only five innings.

After giving up two runs early in the first, the Tigers responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the second to take the lead for good. Mizzou has scored a combined 23 runs in their last two games to this point.

After back-to-back walks and a single by freshman Amanda Sanchez (1 for 2), first baseman Kelsea Roth (1 for 3) stroked a two-run RBI single that knotted up the game at two. Senior Corrin Genovese (1 for 3) then followed it up with a ground-rule double to give the Tigers a permanent lead.

Mizzou wrapped this game up quickly in the fifth with a continued surge of power. Junior Emily Crane (1 for 4) belted a two out homer, her first of the season, over the right centerfield wall. Shortstop Sami Fagan (3 for 4) joined the party with an inning extending single then Kristen Mack (2 for 4) ended the game with a two run home run.

Sophomore pitcher Tori Finucane continued her hot start to the season, picking up her second win of the season. Finucane struck out three in only 4.1 innings of a shortened game. She has only allowed one earned run in her three outings this season.

This was the opening game of a Thursday night doubleheader, with the second game against Long Beach State. Mizzou then takes the field again on Friday for matchups against Texas and a ranked showdown against No. 12 UCLA.