Softball wins in Citrus Classic finale

By Justin Honore 23 Sports

Sunday, March 1-

The Missouri Tigers softball team finished the Citrus Classic with a 5-1 win over the University of Maryland. The Tigers were scheduled to play two games on Saturday versus the University of Minnesota and James Madison but were cancelled due to rain.

The win gave the Tigers a 2-1 record in the tournament and an overall record of 10-3 on the season.

In the game against Maryland, sophomore Tori Finucane started at the mound. Finucane stroke out six batters and only allowed two hits in four innings.

Fellow sophomore Cheyenne Baxter relieved Finucane and despite giving up one run, her only run allowed in the tournament, was able to close out the remaining three innings.

The Tigers were just as effective at batting as they were pitching. The Tigers recorded eight hits and also forced nine walks. Leading the charge was junior Sami Fagan.

Fagan filled up the stat sheet with two hits, two walks and three stolen bases. Fagan did most over damage in the third inning when she recorded a single and then stole two bases on her way to home plate.

The Tigers scoring didn’t stop there. After the bases were loaded from junior Emily Crane and senior Corrin Genovese with two singles and a walk. Freshman Amanda Sanchez earned an RBI on a ground out that drove in a run.

The scoring continued in the seventh inning making it 4-1, and then sophomore Natalie Fleming put the icing on the cake. Fleming hit a single bringing freshman Morgan Walters home one last time to make the final score 5-1.

The Tigers next time on the field will also be their first Southeastern Conference series of the season against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The series will take place from March 7-9 in Columbia, South Carolina and will be broadcasted on the SEC Network.