Missouri’s title hopes dashed in loss to Alabama

Tiger shortstop Corrin Genovese asks for a timeout after an error by infielder Angela Randazzo on Friday, May 2 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Genovese had one of Missouri’s four hits in the loss.

Tiger shortstop Corrin Genovese asks for a timeout after an error by infielder Angela Randazzo on Friday, May 2 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Genovese had one of Missouri’s four hits in the loss.

By Sam Hustis

Missouri softball witnessed an opposing team celebrate at University Field after the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Tigers 3-1, clinching the Southeastern Conference regular season championship on Friday night.

“It’s disgusting,” coach Ehren Earleywine said. “You do something like that in baseball and you could get into trouble for it.”

Alabama’s Sydney Littlejohn gave up four hits and one earned run on her way to a complete game victory.

“We haven’t seen anything like her curveball all year,” Corrin Genovese said.

Alabama picked up the first run of the contest when the Crimson Tide’s leading hitter, Haylie McCleney, hit a bases-loaded, two-out single.

In the bottom of the third, the Tigers got a run back thanks to the speed of Taylor Gadbois. She beat out a routine ground ball, stole second and scored on a soft single from Sami Fagan.

With Tori Finucane at 90 pitches, Earleywine brought in Casey Stangel at the beginning of the sixth inning. Stangel gave up a single to Danae Hays. Alabama’s McCleney reached on an error by Ashtin Stephens, and scored on a single that deflected off Stangel’s shin.

Earleywine brought back Finucane and one more run scored on a bases loaded fielders choice. The Tigers got a bases-loaded strikeout from Finucane, who then got a pop out to end the inning with Mizzou down 3-1.

With a half inning left to score two runs, Genovese lead off and lined a single to left center, but there was no magic leftover in the Tiger bats from Thursday’s thriller. Littlejohn put down the next three Tiger batters and clinched the conference title for Alabama.

The series concludes with a sold-out Saturday afternoon game and will honor Missouri seniors Mackenzie Sykes and Alora Marble on Senior Day.

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