Tiger softball has historic offensive performance in blowout win

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By Ben Burke, 23Sports

Monday, March 25 –

The No. 20 Missouri softball team recorded their highest run total since 2003 in a dominating 17-5 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Missouri won the game in six innings by way of the “run-rule.” The Tigers have now “run-ruled” seven opponents this season.

Home runs accounted for the bulk of the Tiger offense in this game, as Missouri had five longballs. The mark ties the school record for home runs in a game, and matches the season high set on March 14 against Longwood.

Two of the Missouri homers came off the bat of third baseman Amanda Sanchez. The freshman had the first multi-home run game of her young career.

Catcher Kirsten Mack, first baseman Kelsea Roth and pinch hitter Sara Harvey joined Sanchez on the Tiger home run barrage.

Mack hit her team-high eighth home run on the season with a two-run bomb to kick off an eight-run third inning for Missouri. Harvey, a freshman out of Staley High School in Kansas City, hit her first career homer later in the inning.

After Illinois scored five runs in the bottom half of the inning to avoid getting “run-ruled”, Roth put the game out of reach in the sixth inning with a grand slam.

Sanchez, Mack, and Roth combined to drive in 11 of the 17 Tiger runs in the game.

The win improves Missouri’s record to 21-5 on the season. The competition increases tremendously now, as the Tigers turn their attention from the now 8-20 Illinois Fighting Illini to the 33-3 Auburn Tigers.

Auburn is one of the five SEC teams currently in the top 10 in the country, sitting at No. 9. Fortunately for Missouri, the three-game series will be held in Columbia, avoiding having to play Auburn at home where they are undefeated.

The series will run from March 29-31. The first game at 6:30 p.m.