SEC Freshman of the Year, Tori Finucane
May 8, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C.– No. 14 Mizzou Softball (41-16) was unable to overcome early runs and defensive lapses down the stretch in its Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinal matchup vs. No. 25 LSU (35-21), falling 6-0 at Carolina Stadium at Beckham Field.
First Team All-SEC selection and junior IF Corrin Genovese (East Amherst, N.Y.) carried the flag for the Mizzou defense, recording a season-best seven defensive assists, which ties for the most assists recorded by a Tiger in 2014. Genovese’s career-best eight assists came in the 3-0 win vs. Stony Brook in the Columbia NCAA Regional last season (May 17, 2013).
The Tigers fell behind early in the top of the first with LSU recording three hits, two of which were doubles, to create scoring. Redshirt sophomore OF Taylor Gadbois tracked the second double to the warning track and had her glove on the ball before colliding with the center field wall, allowing the ball to drop and LSU to take a 2-0 advantage. Gadbois batted 1-for-3 in the game.
LSU’s two runs in the opening frame proved to be the only earned runs tagged to freshman P Tori Finucane (Germantown, Md.), who was stuck with her first loss since March 30 to end an impressive success streak. The SEC Freshman of the Year, Finucane (21-6) worked 5.0 innings with seven hits allowed, two walks and two strikeouts.
Mizzou surrendered four more runs between the fourth and sixth inning, with runs in the fourth and fifth inning aided by miscues by Tiger defenders. Freshman P/OF/1B Casey Stangel (Couer d’Alene, Idaho) entered in relief for the final 2.0 innings in the circle and allowed a solo home run in the sixth inning to set the final score of 6-0 to LSU.
LSU pitcher Ashley Czechner improved to 13-12 with the pitching victory, allowing four hits in a complete game (7.0 IP).
Head coach Ehren Earleywine’s squad awaits the unveiling of the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship bracket, which will be announced during a selection show airing on ESPNU on Sunday, May 11, at 9 p.m. CT. Mizzou has hosted five-straight NCAA regionals at University Field in a streak of seven-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
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