Brendan Lavell, 23 Sports

Saturday, March 26—

Junior Sydney Littlejohn pitched a one-hitter and junior Marisa Runyon drove in six runs as the Crimson Tide mercy ruled No. 15 Missouri 9-1 on Saturday. The game was the second of a double-header. The Tigers took the first game. 

Littlejohn pitched all five innings, allowing just one run on one hit and striking out two while walking one.

Freshman Danielle Baumgartner picked up the loss, allowing eight runs, only two of which were earned. She allowed nine hits in 3.2 innings. Junior Cheyenne Baxter finished the game, pitching 0.2 innings while giving up one run on one hit and one walk.

Runyon led the Tide’s offensive charge, driving in six runs and going 3-for-3 with two home runs and a double. Senior Haylie McCleney went 2-for-3 with a double and senior Andrea Hawkins went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Mizzou’s only hit was a home run from senior Emily Crane. 

Runyon set the tone immediately for the Tide, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning. A wild pitch scored senior Kallie Case in the second before junior Chandler Dare drove in sophomore Sydney Booker with a single. Runyon capped off the inning with an RBI double to give the Tide a 5-0 advantage.

Crane hit a solo homer in the third, but Runyon dashed any chance of a Tigers comeback in the fourth with a three-run homer that extended Alabama’s lead to 8-1. Hawkins then ended the game in the bottom of the fifth, driving in sophomore Rachel Bobo with a single. Alabama won via the eight-run mercy rule.

Mizzou will look to take the series with a win in the rubber match Monday. The Tigers will then travel to St. Louis to play the Billikens Wednesday before returning to Columbia for a seven-game home stand.