Tigers stomp Chattanooga, sweep Opening Day doubleheader

By Anthony Romano, 23 Sports

Saturday, February 14

Paige Lowary spun six innings of one run ball in her collegiate debut, as Missouri defeated Chattanooga 6-1 to sweep its Opening Day doubleheader in central Florida on Friday.

The freshman from Iowa kept the Tigers in the game, allowing just five hits and striking out six over the six innings. Lowary retired the side in order in both the fifth and sixth innings, and gave the offense time to put the game away in the sixth.

Junior Taylor Gadbois got the scoring started for Mizzou, as the center fielder stole second after a walk, reached third after a throwing error and then scored on a sacrifice fly to put the Tigers up 1-0 in the first inning. Gadbois reached base six times in the two games on Friday and stole three bases in her season debut.

Both clubs scored runs in the second inning, and Mizzou held on to a 2-1 lead for the majority of the game behind Lowary’s solid outing.

Missouri was able to explode in the sixth, however, as sophomore Natalie Fleming led off the frame with a double, followed by a single from Gadbois to put runners on second and third for right fielder Emily Crane. The 5-foot-6-inch junior promptly singled to score both runners, and RBI singles from both Amanda Sanchez and Corrin Genovese later in the inning gave the Tigers a commanding 6-1 lead.

After facing one batter in the seventh, Lowary was lifted for sophomore transfer Cheyenne Baxter who quickly set down the Mocs in order to lock down the win in her first appearance as a Tiger.

Missouri finished the game with nine hits and four stolen bases, and the Tigers outscored both opponents by a combined 11-2 to start the season off strong.

Mizzou will finish up the Dot Richardson Invitational this weekend in Clermont, Florida, starting with another doubleheader on Saturday as the Tigers will take on UCF at 10 a.m. followed by Cleveland State at 12:30 p.m.