Missouri bats go quiet in SEC Tournament loss to LSU
By Sam Richmond
The No. 14 Missouri Tigers’ run in the Southeastern Conference softball tournament was a short one. The Tigers fell to Louisiana State 6-0 in the tourney’s quarterfinals on Thursday in Columbia, S.C.
Missouri sent freshman Tori Finucane to the mound, but the Tiger ace struggled early.
Finucane allowed three consecutive hits, including back-to-back doubles that gave LSU a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first.
LSU’s next run would come in the fourth inning after an error committed by junior third baseman Angela Randazzo.
The women from Louisiana would tack on two more runs in the fifth, both also the result of a Missouri error.
The fifth frame would be Finucane’s last. The 21-game winner and top-10 finalist for National Freshman of the Year finished the day with seven hits and two earned runs allowed.
Coach Ehren Earleywine counted on fellow freshman Casey Stangel to pitch the final two innings. Stangel’s only hit allowed was a solo home run in the sixth inning.
Although the Tigers arms weren’t great, the position players were even more of a problem. Missouri had nearly as many errors (three), as they did hits (four). The team had no extra-base hits in the contest.
With the Tigers SEC tournament championship hopes dashed, the team now waits to see if it will host a regional in the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship. The bracket will be announced Sunday, May 11, at 9 p.m on ESPNU.