Brendan Lavell, 23 Sports

Monday, February 22—

Mizzou softball beat Stetson 13-1 Sunday in the second game of a doubleheader. The game was the last of six during the season-opening three-day Citrus Classic, held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida.

The Tigers outhit the Hatters 15-4 and walked five times, while Mizzou pitchers allowed two walks. Mizzou also stole four bases while allowing just one.

Sophomore Amanda Sanchez led the charge, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Freshman Regan Nash collected three singles and two stolen bases. Redshirt senior Sami Fagan hit two doubles and drove in three runs, and junior Chloe Rathburn added a home run.

Sophomore Paige Lowary picked up the win, tossing four innings and allowing just one unearned run. Junior Cheyenne Baxter added a scoreless inning of work as well.

Senior Brittany Hawn drove in junior Lydia Kinney for Stetson’s only run of the game. No Hatter recorded more than one hit.

Freshman Brooke Hutto allowed five runs, four earned, over 3.1 innings in the loss. Freshman Tori Perkins allowed six runs in one inning of work, and freshman Curstin Taylor allowed two runs and recorded two outs.

Rathburn kicked off the scoring with a 2-RBI homer in the second inning.

The score remained 2-0 until the fourth when the Tigers slammed on the gas. Mizzou put up five runs on five hits in the inning, highlighted by Nash’s 2-RBI single and Fagan’s RBI double. Sanchez and junior Kirsten Mack also recorded RBI singles.

Stetson did manage a run in the bottom of the inning cutting the lead to 7-1, but the Tigers’ offensive attack was too much. Fagan kicked off the fifth with a 2-RBI double and following an RBI single from freshman Rylee Pierce, Sanchez piled on with a 2-run homer. Sophomore Paige Bange closed out the scoring with an RBI single.

The game ended via mercy rule at the end of the fifth inning.

Mizzou next travels to Cathedral City, California, to play in the Mary Nutter Classic. The Tigers will face off against five teams from Feb. 25-27.

Photo courtesy of www.stltoday.com.