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Joe Ward, 23 Sports

Thursday, February 25—

Mizzou softball surrendered its first loss of the season Thursday to Stanford after a late comeback in the fifth inning. Sophomore Amanda Sanchez led the Tigers offensively in their second game at the Mary Nutter Classic.

Sanchez went 2-for-3 on the day with 2 RBIs and put the Tigers on the board early in the first, driving in redshirt senior Taylor Gadbois on a sacrifice fly to right. The Tigers could not drive in any more runs in the first leaving two stranded.

Tigers’ pitcher Paige Lowary looked strong in the first couple innings allowing no hits and only a walk. However, things began to fall apart for Lowary as she surrendered a homerun in both the third and the fourth along with four hits and another run.

But down 3-1 heading into the fifth, junior Tori Finucane flipped the momentum after relieving Lowary and retiring the side. freshman Regan Nash then sparked the Tigers offensively in offensive half of the inning with a leadoff single. Sanchez once again produced as she singled to center driving in Nash to cut the lead in half.

It was senior Emily Crane who tied it for Mizzou as she drove in freshman Rylee Pierce on a sacrifice fly to center.

The offensive spark was not enough to stall Stanford as it scored one on two hits in the sixth and another run in the seventh off two hits and an error.

The Tigers could not convert again leaving a runner in scoring position in both of the final two innings falling to the Cardinal 5-3. The Tigers continue in the Mary Nutter Classic Friday night as they face-off against Colorado State.

Photo courtesy of @MizzouSoftball Twitter.