Tiger softball take both games in doubleheader

Tiger softball take both games in doubleheader

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By Matt Horn, 23 Sports

Thursday, April 30—

In the final non-conference games of the season, the No. 11 Missouri Tigers softball team picked up two victories on Wednesday in a double header against the Northern Iowa, beating the Panthers 4-2 and 10-9.

With pitcher Tori Finucane on the bench resting for this weekend’s series against No. 1 Florida, freshman Paige Lowary and sophomore Cheyenne Baxter saw all of the action for Missouri in the circle.

Lowary pitched all seven innings in the first game, giving up just three hits and striking out nine batters.

The Panthers scored on an unearned run in the top of the first giving them the early lead. Lowary retired the next six batters as the Tigers tied it in the second when senior Angela Randazzo grounded out to short and 1B Kelsey Roth scored.

Northern Iowa’s Rikki Alcaraz homered in the fourth, but that would be the last hit Lowary would allow in the game.

In the fifth junior CF Taylor Gadbois, LF Natalie Fleming and 2B Sami Fagan all crossed the plate for Missouri, and the Tigers would hold on to the two run lead for the win.

Neither team pitched well in the second game. Baxter gave up three runs in each the second, third and fourth innings.

The Panthers led Missouri 9-4 after five innings, but the Tiger offense could not be stopped in the sixth.

Northern Iowa pitcher Samantha Belz came in to relieve Alyssa Buchanan in the bottom of the sixth. Belz gave up six runs in the inning, inlduing home runs from Roth and freshman 1B Amanda Sanchez. The Tigers ended the inning after scoring six runs to take the 10-9 lead.

Coach Ehren Earleywine called Lowary back to the circle to finish the game. The freshman retired all three batters in the top of the seventh to secure the comeback victory for the Tigers.

Missouri will play in their final series of the season this weekend when it hosts No. 1 Florida.

Led by dominating pitching, the Gators have lost just four games this season and have given up fewer runs than any team in the SEC.

The first pitch of the series opener will be at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.