Softball falls to UCF in pitching duel

By Anthony Dean, 23 Sports

Saturday, Feb. 14-

The Missouri Tigers softball team dropped a close contest to the Central Florida Knights by a score of 1-0. The game was highlighted by Mizzou sophomore pitcher Tori Finucane and UCF pitcher Shelby Turnier, who dueled back and forth throughout the contest until the Knights scored the winning run in the bottom of the six and a seventh.

Finucane threw 6.1 innings and allowed only four hits and registered zero earned runs, while also earning four strikeouts and three walks.

But Turnier threw a complete game shutout for the Knights, shutting down Tiger batters all-day and striking out nine.

Overall, both teams struggled to find a rhythm offensively as the Tigers and Knights combined for only five hits. Missouri especially found no production from the all-important leadoff spot as redshirt junior Taylor Gadbois went 0-3 with three strikeouts.

In total, the team went 1-22 at the plate with only one walk, while UCF finished 4-23 with three walks.

Missouri was unable to get a hit until the seventh inning, when it seemed the Tigers would break the scoreless tie.

With one out, junior Emily Crane ripped a base hit up the middle for the Tigers first and only hit of the game. She then stole second base to record her second steal of the season in just two attempts.

Next, sophomore Kirsten Mack drew walk after forcing a full count to set up runners on first and second with two outs. Freshman Amanda Sanchez flew out to end the late Mizzou push.

Farrah Sullivan then led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, and then she was driven in by Brittany Solis for a walk-off base hit.

Up next for the Tigers is Cleveland State later on Saturday afternoon.