April 14, 2014
|Last Week||Score||Upcoming Schedule||Time|
|Western Illinois-1 (April 9)||W, 4-2||at Iowa, Wed., April 16||3 p.m.|
|Western Illinois-2 (April 9)||W, 5-0||at Iowa, Wed., April 16||5 p.m.|
|at No. 20 Auburn (April 11)||W, 4-2||Ole Miss, Fri., April 18||5 p.m.|
|at No. 20 Auburn (April 12)||W, 8-7||Ole Miss, Fri., April 18||7 p.m.|
|at No. 20 Auburn (April 13)||W, 7-6||Ole Miss, Sat., April 19||2 p.m.|
THE LAST WEEK OF MIZZOU SOFTBALL
No. 16 Mizzou Softball (32-10, 9-6 SEC) won its third-straight Southeastern Conference series and posted a 5-0 week with a sweep of a non-conference doubleheader vs. Western Illinois (April 9) and its three wins at No. 20 Auburn (April 11-13). The three wins over the ranked AU squad brought Mizzou's season total for wins over ranked opponents to eight.
Several individuals stood out as the Tigers swept Auburn in their three-game series in Auburn, Ala., from Friday, April 11-Sunday, April 13. The initial, 4-2 win of the series on Friday saw junior 3B/C Angela Randazzo's two-run home run prove to be the difference in the win. Redshirt sophomore SS Sami Fagan recorded two RBI in the victory. Freshman P Tori Finucane did not allow an earned run in her win (6.0 IP) in the circle (14-5), scattering six hits with three strikeouts. Freshman P/1B/OF Casey Stangel earned the Tigers' first save of the season to close out the game.
Saturday, April 12, belonged to Mizzou's seniors. Senior OF Mackenzie Sykes set career highs in home runs (2) and RBI (6) in a 3-for-4 batting day to power Mizzou to an 8-7 win over AU. Fellow senior P Alora Marble entered in relief, throwing 3.2 innings and shutting down Auburn over the final two innings with zero hits allowed and a game-ending strikeout. The win was Marble's first career SEC win, but not her last of the weekend.
A group effort of home runs sealed the sweep for head coach Ehren Earleywine's squad on Sunday, April 13, a 7-6 Tiger win over Auburn. Junior 1B Kelsea Roth got Mizzou out to a 4-0 lead with one swing, her first grand slam of 2014 and fourth of her career. The game tightened, but the bats remained hot, as both junior IF Corrin Genovese and freshman IF/OF Kelli Schkade hit solo home runs in the top of the seventh to help the Tigers maintain their advantage. Marble appeared in relief for a second consecutive day to earn the win (5-0), pitching 3.0 innings with just one earned run allowed.
Genovese continued her hot conference hitting into a third league series, batting 7-for-11 (.636) in Mizzou's three wins at Auburn, including a 3-for-3 game to start the series. The Tiger infielder, once known exclusively for her glove, sits atop the conference with a .462 batting average in SEC games.
Mizzou entered the Western Illinois doubleheader (April 9) with a significant milestone nearly attained for Earleywine, who had accumulated 499 career head coaching victories up to that point. The Tigers' 4-2 and 5-0 victories at University Field pushed that win total over the barrier.
FR | R/R | 5-7 | ALBANY, TEXAS
Batted 6-for-16 (.375) in Mizzou's perfect 5-0 week, including a road sweep of SEC foe and 20th-ranked Auburn.
Clutch bat came through for Mizzou in the sweep-clinching, 7-6 win at No. 20 Auburn (April 13), as she launched a solo home run to left center field with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to put her squad up 7-5 on AU.
Hit 2-for-4 in the series finale at Auburn, also recording one RBI on a fielder's choice grounder with one out, beating out the throw to first base to prevent the inning-ending double play.
Superb performance in Mizzou's 5-0 win over Western Illinois in the nightcap of the doubleheader on April 9, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a single, double and triple to her credit.
Matched her career-best in walks with two in the 8-6 win at No. 20 Auburn on Saturday, April 12, the series-clincher.
Six base knocks over the five wins for the Tigers included one double, one triple and one home run, amounting to a .750 slugging percentage on the week.
SR | R/R | 5-9 | BLUE SPRINGS, MO.
Led Mizzou with team highs in hits (8), runs (5), home runs (2) and total bases (15) during a perfect 5-0 week, including a road sweep of SEC foe and 20th-ranked Auburn.
Batted 8-for-18 (.533) in the doubleheader sweep of Western Illinois (April 9) and series sweep at Auburn (April 11-13).
Hit a career-best two home runs in the series-clinching, 8-6 win at No. 20 Auburn (April 12) to record a career-high six RBI in a 3-for-4 day at the plate.
Her powerful performance at No. 20 Auburn helped Mizzou secure the only sweep of a ranked conference opponent for the April 11-13 weekend.
Sykes' six-RBI game matches the SEC-best for RBI output in a single conference game.
Scored two runs in each of the pivotal final two games of the Auburn series, matching her season-high that she has hit nine times in 2014.
Week included a 4-for-5 overall doubleheader vs. Western Illinois (April 9).
Her eight RBI on the week added to her team-leading tally of 45 RBI this season.
Strong power hitting in Mizzou's pristine 5-0 week enhanced her .597 slugging percentage, which leads the Tigers' lineup regulars.
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