Sykes powers Mizzou past Georgia, 6-3
March 29, 2014
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Photos by Karen Mitchell
Mackenzie Sykes jumps onto home plate and into the crowd of cheering teammates after hitting a walk-off home run Saturday, winning the game 6-3.
Mackenzie Sykes drove in four RBIs Saturday including the game-winning walk-off home run to power No. 16 Missouri past No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs, 6-3.
Missouri scored first in the game when Sykes singled in Taylor Gadbois in the first inning. The Tigers scored again in the second inning then Georgia scored two runs in the third and held Missouri scoreless, to tie the game at 2. The Bulldogs took the 3-2 lead in the fourth and held it until the seventh.
Gadbois started the Missouri rally with a single and was scored by a hit by Angela Randazzo to tie the game. Kelsea Roth also reached with a single, putting two runners on when Sykes stepped up to the plate, knocking her home run over the left field fence.
Gadbois had two hits in the game to extend her hitting streak to 29 games, best on the team and freshman Casey Stangel pitched a complete game and got the win bringing her record to 12-4.
The two team meet up again on Sunday with a scheduled start time of noon at University Field.
Casey Stangel pitched a complete game Saturday, giving up five hits for three earned runs.
Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, right, was one of the many on hand for the second game against Georgia.
Missouri catcher Carlie Rose makes the catch at home as Georgia’s Niaja Griffin slides in safely.
Ashtin Stephens watches as the ball goes foul during her at-bat. She had one hit in the game.
Taylor Gadbois, at bat in the first inning, had two hits in the game, giving her a 29-game hitting streak.
Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine, right, talks with first base umpire Cory Hastings about a call he made.
Ashtin Stephens makes the throw to first after putting out Georgia’s Kaylee Puailoa at second base.
Mackenzie Sykes gets one of her hits against Georgia on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Sykes is hitting .272 with eight home runs and 51 RBIs going into Friday’s regional game against Bradley.
Sami Fagan watches as the ball bounces in front of home plate. She had one hit and an RBI in the game.
Kelsea Roth starts to celebrate as she rounds second base, on her way home off Mackenzie Sykes’ home run.