Jonathan Friess, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers Softball team dropped their first game of the day against the No. 5 ranked Washington Huskies, 6-3 on Saturday. The Tigers later in the day went on to mercy rule and no-hit the New Mexico State Aggies 15-0 in five innings.

In the Washington gane, Sophomore pitcher Baleigh Koester got handed her first loss of the season. Although Koester looked solid through her 4.1 innings pitched, allowing only one earned run, it was not enough for the Tigers to upset the No. 5 Huskies. Offensively, the Tigers were led by Shortstop Brooke Wilmes, who went a perfect four for four with two RBIs and one run scored on the day. But these efforts were not enough as the Tigers dropped the game 6-3.

The second game of the day fared far better for the Tigers as they knocked off New Mexico State 15-0 in only five innings. Brooke Wilmes’ offensive momentum carried over to this game as she went two for three with two runs scored and four RBIs. Sophomore third basemen Kim Wert and junior Gabby Garrison both hit two RBIs to help the Tigers mercy rule the Aggies. Sophomore pitcher Summer Shockley entered the game as a relief pitcher and performed spectacularly, not allowing a single hit. The pitching performance by Norman, Daniel, and Shockley led to a no hitter against the Aggies.

The results make the Tigers 9-5 on the season. Next up, the Tigers will travel to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the Louisville Invitational on March 1 through March 3.