By Sam Richmond
Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane and the No. 15 Missouri softball team took down Missouri State at University Field in Columbia, Mo., on Wednesday.
The Tiger ace mowed down the Bears to the tune of a complete game shutout, while striking out five batters and allowing just three hits.
Finucane continued a string of dominance by not allowing an earned run in four consecutive starts.
“Tori’s really heating up at the right part of the season,” said junior shortstop Corrin Genovese.
Finucane, a Top 25 Freshman of the Year finalist, attributes her recent performance to an increase in poise throughout the season.
“Getting more comfortable in the circle has definitely been a factor,” she said.
Third baseman Angela Randazzo led the offense for the Tigers, knocking in two of Missouri’s five runs. She tripled to right in the fourth inning to score outfielder Mackenzie Sykes and hit a solo home run in the sixth inning.
Genovese and junior first baseman Kelsea Roth each scored a run in the contest and sophomore centerfielder Taylor Gadbois scored on a wild pitch.
Missouri earned its fourth straight victory, improving its overall record to 36-12 (13-6 in the Southeastern Conference).
The Tigers have a tough test coming up, as they face the No. 3 Florida Gators on the road this weekend.
Coach Ehren Earleywine said Missouri must do a better job at the plate than they did on Wednesday if they are to beat the Gators.
“We gave six to 10 at-bats away today; we won’t be able to do that this weekend,” Earleywine said.
The first pitch of the three-game series is at 5 p.m. on Friday in Gainesville, Fla.