March 11, 2014
No. 16 Mizzou 7, Evansville 3
|W - Marble (2-0)||7.0||4||4||4||4||4|
|L - Moore (2-1)||1.2||4||4||4||0||0|
|MIZ - Gadbois (3-for-4)||4||1||3||0||0||0|
|MIZ - Roth (2-for-4)||4||2||2||3||0||2|
#16 Mizzou 6, Evansville 2
|W - Stangel (7-2)||7.0||6||2||1||1||5|
|L - Gurski (4-4)||5.0||6||6||6||5||1|
|MIZ - Fagan (1-for-4)||4||0||1||2||0||0|
|MIZ - Mack (1-for-3)||3||1||1||2||0||0|
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – No. 16 Mizzou Softball picked up a road doubleheader sweep at Evansville on Tuesday, winning 7-3 and 6-2 at Cooper Stadium to improve to 15-5 overall in 2014. Head coach Ehren Earleywine’s squad was led by standout two-game performances by junior 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.), redshirt sophomore OF Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.) and sophomore 2B/OF Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.). Roth batted 2-for-4, with her two hits as home runs in the game one win. Gadbois batted 4-for-7 with three stolen bases, while Crane hit 3-for-6 with two stolen bases.
Mizzou powered its way to victory in the initial game of the doubleheader with three home runs and strong pitching from senior P Alora Marble (Jefferson City, Mo.), who allowed just four hits in the win (2-0) with three strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work.
Gadbois started Mizzou off in the top of the third inning with her second single of the game and was hit in by Crane, who blasted a line drive to left field to score Gadbois from third base. Gadbois advanced on the base paths with a steal and an Evansville passed ball. The run knotted the game at 1-1.
The Purple Aces got on top of the Tigers with two solo home runs with zero outs in the bottom of the fourth, setting the score at 3-1 to Evansville.
Mizzou fought back with home runs of its own in the top of the sixth, with Roth hitting her first of the game and a follow-up solo shot coming from sophomore OF Sarah Moore (Chino Hills, Calif.). The inning was started with a double off the center field wall by freshman P/OF/1B Casey Stangel (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho), who was pinch run for with sophomore 2B Ashtin Stephens (Blue Springs, Mo.). Freshman IF/OF Kelli Schkade (Albany, Texas) doubled to left field to bring home Stephens to set the score at 3-2, Evansville.
The long balls then landed for the Tigers, with Roth powering her shot out to center field, scoring Schkade for a 4-3 lead. Moore sent hers out to right center field to add an additional run in the inning, getting Mizzou’s advantage to 5-3.
Roth helped set the final score of the opening contest with her second home run of the game, a deep line drive over the left field wall. Her effort in the game one win was her second career two-home run game, with her previous coming vs. Fresno State last season. Crane scored earlier in the inning on a passed ball behind home plate.
The Tigers used a big fourth inning to down the Purple Aces in the second game of the doubleheader, scoring six runs with four hits and four walks in the frame. The big inning was started by Roth, who earned her second of three walks in the game to lead off. Senior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) singled to center field, with junior 3B/C Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.) following with a walk.
Freshman C Kirsten Mack (Riverside, Calif.) struck first with a double to left field, scoring Sykes and freshman 3B/2B Natalie Fleming (Silex, Mo.), who pinch ran for Roth, for a 2-0 lead. Stephens walked to reload the bases, and Gadbois recorded an infield single towards second base to add another run.
Redshirt sophomore SS Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.) made it 5-0 with a two-RBI single to center field. With one out, Crane hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring home Gadbois for Mizzou’s sixth and final run of the game.
Stangel pitched the complete game (7.0 IP), scattering six hits and allowing two runs late in the game during the bottom of the seventh for the final score of 6-2. The Tiger hurler struck out five batters in the win (7-2).
Mizzou next hosts its 2014 home opener, an SEC series with Kentucky at University Field from Friday, March 14-Sunday, March 16. Game time for the Friday contest is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Season ticket renewals are currently ongoing, along with additional season ticket requests being taken. More information can be found here. Contact the Mizzou Ticket Office by phone at 1-800-CAT-PAWS (573-884-7297 in Mid-Missouri).
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