Jonathan Friess, 23Sports

Mizzou softball, coming off a 30-29 season that ended in a 7-0 loss to Oklahoma in the NCAA Regional Tournament,
opened their 2019 season in Tempe, Arizona at the Kajikawa Classic on Friday. The Tigers shutout two opponents on the day, first beating the University of Utah 9-0 and then Arizona State 8-0.

Tigers Head Coach Larissa Anderson put Madi Norman on the mound against the Utes. The Redshirt Senior dominated Utah, striking out six batters in the shutout win. The Tigers also had a good performance from newcomer Kimberly West, who hit her first home run in a Tigers uniform in her second at bat. Regan Nash was able to display her quickness with an RBI triple and drove in another run in the sixth. The Tigers used the dominant performance on the mound and at the plate to knock of the Utes 9-0.

Later in the day the Tigers took on No. 12 Arizona State University. The Tigers had Sophomore Pitcher Cassie Gasper on the mound in this one. Sophomore Callie Martin came up big, she crushing a three-run home run in the top of the third inning to put the Tigers up 7-0. After Sophomore Delaney McDannold’s solo home run put the Tigers up 8-0 in the top of the fourth another shutout inning finished the Sun Devils and gave the Tigers a run rule victory in five innings.

After day one of the Kajikawa Classic the Tigers gave up a total of zero runs in two games and to start the year with a 2-0 record. The Tigers next game is against the University of Oregon at 10 a.m. and then will be followed up will a game against the Oregon State Beavers at 3:30 p.m.