Henry Politz – 23 Sports

No. 15 Mizzou hosted No. 3 Florida this past weekend in a three-game series that resulted in Florida taking the series 2-1. In game one, Mizzou put up two runs in the second inning thanks to a two-run homer from Cayla Kessinger. The Tigers held on to that lead until the sixth inning, when Florida’s offense exploded for five runs. This offensive outburst for the Gators was highlighted by an RBI single by Emily Wilkie and a 3-run homer from Jaimie Hoover. On the mound, Elizabeth Hightower got the win and Katie Chronister got the save for the Gators, and Jordan Weber got the loss for the Tigers.

Florida got off to a great start in game two, as Hannah Adams hit a leadoff home run in the top of the first inning. The Gators couldn’t keep that lead for long, however, as a two-run homer from Emma Raabe and a two-RBI single from Brooke Wilmes in the second inning gave the Tigers a 4-1 lead. The Gators scratched a run across in the third inning, but Mizzou continued to pour it on with their bats as they etched across four more runs and maintained a 8-2 lead heading into the fifth inning. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Hatti Moore hit a huge walk-off home run to deep centerfield to give the Tigers the 10-2 run-rule victory in five innings. Laurin Krings got the win on the mound and Natalie Lugo got the loss for the Gators. 

Moore continued to swing a hot bat in game three, as she roped an RBI double to left field that gave Mizzou a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Jenna Laird then added to the lead with a solo home run to left field in the third inning, putting the Tigers up 2-0. Similar to the first game of this weekend series, Florida’s offense rallied late in the game with a three-run homer to left field from Hannah Adams, her second long ball of the weekend. The Gators held on to the 1-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning to give them the 3-2 victory. Chronister got the win on the mound for Florida and Krings got the loss for Mizzou.

Florida improved to an overall record of 37-8 (16-5 in-conference) with the 2-1 weekend series win and they are ranked second in the SEC. As for Mizzou, their overall record is now 35-13 (13-8 in-conference) and they are ranked fourth in the SEC. Both teams have their final three-game series of the year this upcoming weekend, as Mizzou is traveling to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers and Florida is hosting Texas A&M.

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