Missouri softball keeps rolling with 2 more fall wins

Corrin Genovese helped Missouri take two more fall victories.

Corrin Genovese helped Missouri take two more fall victories.

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

The Missouri softball team continued its strong start to the fall season with wins over North Central Missouri College and Highland Community College on Friday at University Field.

The first game of the day came against North Central Missouri and the Tigers’ bats were firing on all cylinders from the first pitch.

Missouri scored two runs in the first inning and four in the second inning before absolutely exploding in the third inning with 10 more runs added.

The Tigers would ultimately take the game 24-4. Every position player batted in at least one run for the Tigers, who were led by infielder Natalie Fleming and outfielder Emily Crane offensively. Fleming knocked in seven runs while going 5-6. Crane went 5-7 with a double and a home run.

Missouri also received strong pitching performances. Tori Finucane started the first game for the Tigers and allowed one run and struck out 12 in five innings. Cheyenne Baxter pitched two innings in relief, allowing three unearned runs.

The Tigers got off to a slower start in the second contest. After being shut out for the first three innings, Missouri would score 11 runs in the last four innings to win 11-0. Infielder Corrin Genovese had a big game for the Tigers in the second matchup as she knocked in four runs on three hits.

Pitching was even better against Highland, as Paige Lowary continued her great start to the fall. Lowary didn’t allow a hit over her five innings of work and struck out 11. Lowary has yet to allow a hit in her 10 innings of work so far this fall.

Baxter pitched the final two innings of the game without giving up a hit, giving the Tigers a combined no-hitter for the game.

The Tigers will have another doubleheader on Friday, Oct. 3. They will face off against Mineral Area College and Butler Community College at University Field in Columbia at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.

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