March 14, 2014
#16 Mizzou 7, #9 Kentucky 2
|L - Nunley (7-2)||3.0||5||4||4||1||1|
|W - Finucane (7-3)||7.0||9||2||2||4||5|
|MIZ - Gadbois (2-for-4)||4||2||2||0||0||0|
|MIZ - Crane (2-for-3)||3||0||2||3||1||0|
COLUMBIA, Mo. - No. 16 Mizzou Softball opened its home schedule with its third victory over a ranked opponent this season, controlling No. 9 Kentucky by a 7-2 score at University Field. The win improved Mizzou's season record to 16-5 overall and 2-2 in SEC play.
The Tigers' explosive offense had assistance from redshirt sophomore OF Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.), who batted 2-for-4 to extend her hitting streak to 17 games. A slap hitter, Gadbois' double in the bottom of the first was her first career extra-base hit. Sophomore 2B/OF Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) had an impressive outing for the Tigers, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and three RBI. Senior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) also recorded two hits, batting 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Junior 3B/C Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.) had a big night, hitting a two-run home run, her third long ball of the season. The shot came in the bottom of the third inning, deep over the left center field wall. The home run scored redshirt sophomore SS Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.), who doubled earlier in the inning.
Mizzou continued to get on base in the next three innings, scoring three runs on four hits. Six Tigers were walked to advance around the base paths, and singles from redshirt sophomore 2B Ashtin Stephens (Blue Springs, Mo.), Gadbois, and Crane's double helped keep the runners moving for a 7-0 lead heading into the top of the seventh inning.
Kentucky did not find a rhythm until the final inning, when it managed two runs after two batters were walked with the bases loaded. Freshman P Tori Finucane (Germantown, Md.) shut the door for the final out, recording her fifth strikeout to end the game with a 7-2 final. Finucane pitched the complete game (7.0 IP) for the win (7-3), with the Tiger hurling Mizzou to victory in all three of its wins over ranked teams.
Kentucky's Kelsey Nunley pitched the loss (7-2) for the Wildcats, going 3.0 innings with four runs allowed on five hits. Nunley was relieved by UK pitcher Shannon Smith for the final 3.0 innings, who allowed Mizzou's final three runs of the game.
The Mizzou-Kentucky series continues on Saturday, March 15, with game time set for 2 p.m. at University Field.
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