Softball Run-Rules Ball State

By Samantha Hoffman, 23 Sports

Friday, March 21-

The Missouri softball team had a dominating win over Ball State in the opening game of the Mizzou Tournament. Mackenzie Sykes led the team in scoring, posting the best numbers of her career. She went 3-for-4 from the plate and had five RBIs. At this point in the season, Skyes has nearly matched her total offensive output from last season.

Starting pitcher Casey Stangel held Ball State to two runs in the opening inning, even though she allowed the first two batters to reach base.

In response, Taylor Gadbonis extended her 22-game hitting streak with a bunt, followed by a steal to second. She was also 3-for-4, with three runs and one RBI. Sykes then cleared the bases with a three-run double, bringing Gadbonis, Sami Fagan, and Emily Crane across home to make the score 3-2 after the first inning.

Ball State responded at the top of the third with a solo home run, but Sykes once again brought one of her teammates home to keep the Tigers ahead by one.

The fourth inning consisted of three Mizzou runs, with Gadbonis, Angela Randazzo, and Sykes coming across the plate to put the Tigers up 7-3.

Randazzo, Gadbonis, and Natalie Fleming loaded the bases to begin the bottom of the sixth-inning with three singles. Two erroneous pitches and a walk followed , allowing the score to reach 10-3. Kristen Mack hit a single to bring the last girl across home plate to earn the run-rule win in six innings.

Hoping to win their own tournament, the Tigers next play Saturday with back-to-back games against North Dakota State University and Oklahoma State University.

Mizzou’s doubleheader begins at 2:15 p.m.