Missouri softball sweeps Ole Miss
April 19, 2014
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Missouri freshman designated player Natalie Fleming awaits a pitch in the Tigers’ 9-1 win against Ole Miss. Fleming homered three times in the weekend series.
Missouri sophomore outfielder Taylor Gadbois celebrates with freshman third basemen Kelli Schkade after they scored in the Tigers’ 9-1 win over Ole Miss on Saturday, April 19, at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Gadbois finished with two hits in the game.
Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine speaks to sophomore outfielder Taylor Gadbois during a break in the action against Ole Miss. The victory was the fourteenth home win for Missouri this season.
Photos by Sam Richmond
Story by Sam Hustis
COLUMBIA – For the second weekend in a row, the Missouri softball team swept an SEC opponent beating the visiting Mississippi Rebels. The Tigers completed the sweep Saturday afternoon when they beat the Rebels 9-1 in six innings due to the run rule.
Tori Finucane delivered a strong pitching performance after allowing two hits, one unearned run and five strikeouts.
The Tigers scored nearly every inning and got the offense started with a solo home run from Natalie Fleming. Saturday was the third game in a row with a home run for the infielder.
The runs kept coming for Missouri in the second inning when Kelli Schkade scored from third on an Emily Crane ground out. This was Crane’s first series back after missing two weeks with a knee injury.
With the Tigers up 5-1 in the sixth inning, Crane hit a sharp single to right field scoring Taylor Gadbois and Schkade. The very next batter, Mackenzie Sykes, tripled to right field and brought home Crane.
Fleming ended the game with an RBI sacrifice fly, moving Missouri to 35-12 on the year, and 12-6 in conference play.
The Tigers host in-state rivals Missouri State on Wednesday before heading to Gainesville, Fla., for a weekend series with the No. 5 University of Florida Gators.