March 17, 2014
|Last Week||Score||Upcoming Schedule||Time|
|at Evansville (March 11)||W, 7-3||Illinois State (DH), Wed., March 19||3 p.m.|
|at Evansville (March 11)||W, 6-2||Illinois State (DH), Wed., March 19||5 p.m.|
|No. 9 Kentucky (March 14)||W, 7-2||Mizzou Tournament||Fri.-Sun.|
|No. 9 Kentucky (March 15)||L, 3-2||Ball State, Fri., March 21||4:30 p.m.|
|No. 9 Kentucky (March 15)||L, 8-7 (8)||North Dakota State, Sat., March 22||2:15 p.m.|
|Oklahoma State, Sat., March 22||4:30 p.m.|
|UMKC, Sun., March 23||2:30 p.m.|
THE LAST WEEK OF MIZZOU SOFTBALL
Mizzou Softball (16-7, 2-4 SEC) defeated its first Top 10-ranked opponent and third Top 25-ranked opponent of the season in No. 9 Kentucky on Friday, March 14, using another strong pitching performance from freshman P Tori Finucane in the 7-2 win. Redshirt freshman OF Taylor Gadbois, sophomore 2B/OF Emily Crane and senior OF Mackenzie Sykes each recorded two hits in the victory.
The Tigers were edged in the final two games of the Kentucky series, with both played on Saturday, March 15, due to anticipated weather conditions. Mizzou has only dropped games to ranked competition in 2014, with six of the seven games decided by just one run.
Standout performances in the Evansville doubleheader (March 11) came in the 7-3 win in Game No. 1, with Gadbois notching a three-hit, three-steal outing, and junior 1B Kelsea Roth recording her second career two-home run game.
Redshirt sophomore 2B Ashtin Stephens had a career game in the initial contest of the Kentucky doubleheader, recording a pristine 3-for-3 performance at the plate for her second three-hit game as a Tiger. In the same game, junior 3B/C Angela Randazzo posted a 2-for-2 outing.
The top of Mizzou's lineup has continued its dynamite impact on opponents, with Gadbois, Crane and redshirt sophomore SS Sami Fagan combining for 93 hits through 23 games (an average of more than four hits per game).
While the series finale vs. No. 9 Kentucky did not fall in Mizzou's favor, there were positives to be found at the plate. Gadbois (2-for-4), Fagan (2-for-5) and Crane (3-for-5) posted their standard multi-hit games, as well as redshirt sophomore C Carlie Rose (2-for-3). Earning the nod behind the plate for the Tigers, Rose doubled and homered against the Wildcats. Her long ball, a two-run shot to left center field, tied the contest at 7-7 in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Tigers welcome Illinois State for a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 19, before hosting the Mizzou Tournament from Friday, March 21-Sunday, March 23 with Ball State, North Dakota State, Oklahoma State and UMKC.
Gadbois and Fagan currently sport hitting streaks of 19 and 14 games, respectively. Crane has a current reached base safely streak of 12 games.
RS SO | L/R | 5-10 | MARYVILLE, MO.
Continued to be one of the Southeastern Conference's breakout players of the 2014 season, batting .474 with three multi-hit games out of five, including two .500 performances against No. 9 Kentucky, who entered its series at Mizzou holding opposing batters to a .195 average.
One of the hottest hitters in the country, currently on an all-time, program-best 19-game hitting streak to top former Mizzou great and three-time All-American Rhea Taylor's 18-game streak in 2010.
.473 season batting average ranks third in the SEC through the fifth week of action, after only hitting .103 as a redshirt freshman in 2013.
Stout week included an outstanding three-hit, three-steal game at Evansville, helping the Tigers to 7-3 win in a doubleheader sweep.
The three steals vs. Evansville matched her career-best, which she also accomplished vs. No. 14 Arizona on Feb. 20.
A slap hitter, she recorded the first extra-base hit of her career in the 7-2 win vs. No. 9 Kentucky on March 14, slicing a double to left field in a 2-for-4 performance, also scoring two runs.
Went a perfect 5-for-5 in steal attempts during the week of action, including 2-for-2 against the No. 9 Wildcats, to bring her season total to 21 stolen bases (second-best in the SEC).
Twice scored two runs against UK, bringing her season total to five multi-run games.
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