Tigers take two versus Rebels
April 18, 2014
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Taylor Gadbois awaits the pitch in her centerfield position at University Field in Columbia, Mo. on Friday, April 18, 2014.
Haley Culley strikes out in game 1 of the doubleheader between Missouri and Mississippi on Friday, April 18, 2014 at University field in Columbia, Mo. It was Missouri pitcher Alora Marble’s only strikeout of the game.
Mississippi third baseman Allison Brown evades the tag by Missouri catcher Sami Fagan to score the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning of game one of the doubleheader on Friday, April 18, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo.
Missouri right fielder Emily Crane gets ready for a pitch in the seventh inning of game one against Mississippi on Friday, April 18, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo.
Mississippi second baseman dives at a ball hit to centerfield by Missouri shortstop Corrin Genovese with two outs in the seventh inning on Friday, April 18, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo.
Mississippi right fielder Jamie Morgan watches Natalie Fleming’s walk-off home run of game one during doubleheader at University Field in Columbia, Mo. on Friday, April 18, 2014.
The Missouri softball team greets Natalie Fleming at home plate after her walk-off home run at University Field in Columbia, Mo. on Friday, April 18.
Story by Sam Richmond
Photos by Sam Hustis
The Missouri softball team grabbed two more victories in a doubleheader versus Ole Miss on Friday, April 19, 2014 at University Field.
The wins snap a two-game losing streak and put the Tigers at 34-12 overall and 11-6 in the Southeastern Conference.
The first game saw Missouri come out on top 5-3 in a nail-biter.
The Tigers were down to their final out with nobody on base when junior designated player Angela Randazzo singled sparking a rally. Junior shortstop Corrin Genovese followed with another base hit, leading to a 3-run walkoff home run by freshman third basemen Natalie Fleming.
Randazzo knocked in the Tigers’ other two runs from a first-inning double to right-center field.
Missouri received five innings of one-run ball from freshman pitcher Casey Stangel before senior Alora Marble earned the win by pitching the final two frames of relief. She allowed one hit and a run in the top of the seventh on an Ole Miss double-steal attempt from runners on first and third.
Game 2 had the Tigers send freshman phenom Tori Finucane to the mound, fresh off being named a Top 25 Finalist for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy on Thursday.
Finucane lived up to that honor, pitching a complete game shutout while allowing just three hits and striking out five Rebels.
Finucane received run support from senior outfielder Mackenzie Sykes, who plated one on a sacrifice fly in the first inning, and Game 1 hero Fleming, who hit a solo shot in the fifth to left-center field.
The victory was Finucane’s 15th of the season.
The Tigers will next take the field 2 p.m. Saturday at University Field in the final game of its series against the Rebels.