Women continue to win in Mizzou Tournament
March 22, 2014
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By Karen Mitchell
Mackenzie Sykes (4) celebrates her grand slam with teammates Saturday.
The Missouri softball team picked up two wins in different fashion on the second day of the Mizzou Tournament. The Tigers crushed North Dakota State 11-2 then squeezed by Oklahoma State, 2-1.
The Tigers had 16 hits in the first game, including a grand slam by Mackenzie Sykes in the fourth inning to break the game open, 7-0. They scored eight runs off eight hits in the fourth inning to lead North Dakota State 11-0. The Bisons were able to put up two runs in the top of the fifth but it wasn’t enough to prolong the game.
Casey Stangel earned the win in the first game, improving her record to 10-4.
In the third game of the day, the Tigers managed only three hits but that was enough to score runs from Taylor Gadbois and Emily Crane for the win. Pitcher Tori Finucane went the full seven innings, throwing nine strike outs and giving up five hits. Her record is now 9-3.
Missouri (21-7, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) is scheduled to play UMKC at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, the last day of the tournament.
Sami Fagan throws to first for an out in Missouri’s second game in the Mizzou Tournament on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Columbia, Mo.
Missouri’s Angela Randazzo talks with coach Ehren Earleywine in the first game.
Taylor Gadbois tosses her bat and runs to first after getting one of Missouri’s 16 hits against North Dakota State.
Sami Fagan’s tag at second base is too late to get Oklahoma State’s Shelby Davis.
Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane pitches against Oklahoma State on March 22, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Finucane was given three SEC honors on Tuesday including Freshman Player of the Year.
Missouri’s Ashtin Stephens misses the plate in her slide and was tagged out by North Dakota State catcher Jenina Ortega.
Designated player Natalie Fleming lets a high pitch go by, it was called a ball.
Casey Stangel pitched the five inning game against North Dakota State on Saturday. Missouri won 11-2.
Pinch runner Corrin Genovese avoids getting hit by the ground ball as she runs to second base.