T.J. McLaughlin, 23 Sports

Saturday, February 27

Behind a 1-run, 3 hit gem from sophomore left-hander Paige Lowary, Mizzou softball beat Colorado State, 9-1, Friday in its third game of five at the Mary Nutter Classic.  With the win, the Tigers moved to 8-1 on the season.

Coming off a lackluster 3-run offensive outing against Stanford, the Tigers brought back the bats with twelve hits, including three home runs.

Mizzou’s first score came in the second when Junior DH Chloe Rathburn belted a homer to left field. Rathburn went on to single and triple later in the game putting her only a double away from the cycle. Rathburn continues her superb stint with her fifth multi-hit game Friday.

Only two Tiger starters failed to pick up hits, and four batters were able to pick up more than one (Rathburn, Sami Fagan, Reagan Nash and Emily Crane).

The Tigers carried the momentum into the later innings picking up four runs in the third and another three in the fourth, while only surrendering one run in the process. The game was stopped after 4 and a half innings after Colorado State was unable to pick up another run leading to a run rule victory for Mizzou.

The Tigers will be back in action Saturday night when they take on Oregon and BYU at 7:30 and 10 p.m., respectively, to close out the Mary Nutter Classic.

For more on Mizzou softball follow the team on twitter @MizzouSoftball, and for recaps on Saturday’s games check back here at mutv.missouri.edu.