Seth Pollock, 23 Sports

Mizzou softball continued their marathon run of six games in four days at the Kajikawa Classic with an exciting 19-10 win over California State University Northridge Friday night. The Tigers had previously beaten UTEP 3-0 to start the day, their first game of the season.

A Rylee Pierce double in the second inning got the Tigers offense going. Pierce advanced to third on a groundout, leaving second open to a steal for Hatti Moore, who reached first on a walk. That allowed Callie Martin to bring both home on a single to left field. A bunt single advanced Nash to third, and an error got her home, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead at the end of two.

An Amanda Sanchez homer in the top of the third extended the Missouri advantage to 4-0, but a Savannah Horvath homer in the bottom of the third got the Matadors on the board down 4-1.

The Tigers extended their lead to 5-1 on a Regan Nash solo shot to open up the fifth and then used a double, a wild pitch, a walk, a steal, and a single to increase their lead to 7-1. Another run in the sixth gave the Tigers what looked to be a bulletproof lead.

But then the Matadors’ bats woke up. Two singles and a walk left the bases loaded for Megan Stevens, who hit a grand slam to center to put CSUN right back in it at 8-5. Corrin Green followed that up with a home run of her own, and all the sudden the Matadors were within two. Two more baters got on base before Mizzou stopped the bleeding and got out of the inning with the lead.

The Tigers continued to to use their strategy of small ball to widen their advantage: Three singles, a double, a walk, and a wild pitch gave Mizzou a 12-6 lead after six.

It was more of the same in the seventh. Two walks, a batter hit by a pitch, and an Amanda Sanchez double brought the Missouri lead to 15-6.Trenity Edwards broke the game wide open, 18-6, on a three run homer on the next at bat. Even then, the Tigers offense wasn’t quite done. A hit by pitch, a single, and a wild pitch put the Missouri advantage at 19-6.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Matadors responded, but it was too little too little. Stevens’ second home run of the night, a two run shot, made it 19-8. That was followed up by a Ty Cueva solo shot. A Juliana Martinez double followed by a Jocelin Soto RBI single made it 19-10 before a Mackenzie Babbitt groundout finally ended the contest.

According to MUTigers.com, the 19 runs were the most Missouri has scored since a 2007 contest with Columbia College. All in all, eight Tigers had hits, twelve crossed home plate, and eight had RBIs, led by Trinity Edwards with three.

The win, along with the UTEP victory, made for a successful 2-0 start for the Tigers.. Next up for the Mizzou, two more games in the Kajikawa Classic. The competition will be a little stiffer with Missouri taking on two ranked opponents: #3 Oregon at 12:45 central time and #21 Oklahoma State at 6:00 central time.