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Brad Smith, 23 Sports

Sunday, April 24–

After Mizzou’s dramatic walk-off victory in extra innings on Saturday over the No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies, the Tigers provided their faithful fans with an even more intense game two on Sunday.

After blowing the lead late in the seventh inning, Mizzou responded with a run in the final frame for its second walk-off victory of the season in as many days.

Freshman Danielle Baumgartner was spectacular on the mound and had Texas A&M hitters on their toes all night long. She recorded a season high six strikeouts while allowing just one run over 6.2 innings of work.

Sami Fagan continued her hot hitting and provided Mizzou with its first run in the bottom of the third with an RBI-single to right field. This was Fagan’s 46th RBI of the year and she even recorded her 19th multi-hit game of the season going 2-for-3 on the evening.

While it seemed like Baumgartner was on the verge of pitching a complete game shutout, Kristin Cuyos smashed an RBI-double to right field in the top of the seventh for the Aggies, knotting the game at 1-1.

The Tigers wasted no time getting runners on base in the bottom half of the inning and loaded the bases for junior Chole Rathburn with one out. Rathburn hit a slow chopper to the Aggies shortstop, who fired the ball to the plate. It was a very close play at the plate, but senior Emily Crane was able to slide in just ahead of the throw, giving Mizzou the victory 2-1.

Crane’s spectacular senior season continued Sunday as she reached base safely for a career-tying 17th consecutive game. Senior Taylor Gadbois also extended her hit streak to 10 games.

Missouri will close out their three game series with Texas A&M on Monday, April 25. Opening pitch is set for 6 p.m. from University Field.

Photo courtesy of www.mutigers.com.