Tigers take two versus Rebels

 

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.

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