OF Taylor Gadbois
March 15, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - No. 16 Mizzou Softball was unable to get the edge on No. 9 Kentucky in its doubleheader on Saturday at University Field after two close setbacks, moving the squad's season record to 16-7 (2-4 SEC). The first contest ended 3-2 in favor of the Wildcats, with both sides coming alive at the plate in the second game to combine for 23 hits in a hard-fought, eight-inning 8-7 result to Kentucky.
The Tigers started off scoring two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning. Notable performances for the Tigers came from redshirt sophomore OF Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.), who with her hit in the first inning tied the school record with an 18-game hitting streak. Redshirt sophomore 2B Ashtin Stephens (Blue Springs, Mo.) matched her career-best for hits, as she went 3-for-3 at the plate. The infielder last recorded three hits in a game at Texas in 2012.
Freshman P Casey Stangel (Couer d'Alene, Idaho) pitched 7.0 innings in the loss, striking out five batters and walking three.
The Tigers' sixth and seventh inning surge was not quite enough to overcome the Wildcats (21-4, 4-2 SEC), as they were outlasted, 8-7, in the second game of the doubleheader to Kentucky in extra innings.
Head coach Ehren Earleywine's squad got run support from redshirt sophomore C Carlie Rose (Nixa, Mo.), who batted 2-for-3, including a huge two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 7-7. Junior 3B/C Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.) went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Sophomore 2B/OF Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) had a day for the Tigers, going 3-for-5 at the plate with one RBI.
Gadbois set a new school record with her 2-for-4 outing with two singles as she extended her hitting streak to 19 games. Redshirt sophomore SS Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.) is on a streak of her own, recording a hit in the last 14 games.
Kentucky scored two runs in the top of the second and extended their lead into the middle of the sixth with a 7-2 score. In the bottom of the sixth, Mizzou had hits from Gadbois, Crane and Randazzo to advance runners around the bases and cut Kentucky's lead to 7-5. The Tigers locked down Kentucky in the top of the seventh before going on to tie it up 7-7. Junior IF Corrin Genovese (East Amherst, N.Y.) took her base after being hit by a pitch, then in stepped Rose, who hammered a long ball deep into left field to score both of them. It was Rose's second career home run.
Kentucky's Sylver Samuel led off the eighth inning with a triple into right field before scoring from a ground out by UK's Ansley Smith. At the end of eight, the Wildcats took the contest, 8-7.
Freshman P Tori Finucane (Germantown, Md.) was back on the mound for the Tigers in the second game, pitching 7.0 innings with five strikeouts and four walks. Stangel (7-4) came on in relief for one inning, giving up one run on one hit. Kentucky's Lauren Cumbess (6-0) earned the win while pitching in relief, throwing the final 1.2 innings of action.
The Tigers are back in action on Wednesday, March 19, at University Field for a doubleheader against Illinois State. Game time is set for 3 p.m. for the first game, with the second one to follow at 5 p.m.
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