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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.


Errors prove to be fatal for Missouri softball team

Missouri catcher Sami Fagan retreats to third base after getting caught trying to advance home in the sixth inning on May 3, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo.  Fagan was tagged by Alabama shortstop Danae Hays.

Missouri catcher Sami Fagan retreats to third base after getting caught trying to advance home in the sixth inning on May 3, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Fagan was tagged by Alabama shortstop Danae Hays.

Story by Sam Richmond
Photos by Sam Hustis

The Missouri softball team entered Saturday’s sold-out game against Alabama at University Field in Columbia, Mo., with reason for extra motivation.

The Tigers were only a day removed from losing to and watching the Crimson Tide celebrate a Southeastern Conference regular season championship on Missouri’s home field.

Junior shortstop Corrin Genovese called Alabama’s dog pile on the mound “disgusting to watch.”

Unfortunately for Genovese and her teammates, the Tigers were unable to exact revenge on Alabama and again fell in an error-filled, low-scoring battle on Saturday.

Missouri allowed the game’s first run in the third inning after a throw from sophomore catcher Sami Fagan, intended to go back to freshman pitcher Casey Stangel, ended up in the outfield following an Alabama steal to second.

Fagan said miscommunication was to blame.

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Tigers grab pivotal SEC win against Alabama


Emily Crane approaches home plate after her third inning home run on May 1, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Crane had two hits on the night, and her home run gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead in the third inning.

Emily Crane approaches home plate after her third inning home run on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Crane had two hits on the night, and her home run gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead in the third inning.

Story by Sam Richmond
Photos by Sam Hustis

The No. 13 Missouri softball team kept its slim chance at a Southeastern Conference Regular Season Championship alive Thursday night, as they defeated No. 6 Alabama 8-6 on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo.

To finish with an SEC title, the Tigers (41-13, 15-7 in SEC) need to win the final two games of this weekend’s series against the Crimson Tide and have at least one Tennessee loss in its final three games against Ole Miss.

Missouri won Thursday’s back-and-forth game because of its bats, which usually isn’t the case when they send pitcher Tori Finucane to the hill. The freshman phenomenon entered the game with a 1.66 ERA, but struggled against a potent Alabama offense.

She allowed a run in each of the first two innings, which put the Tigers in an early hole. Missouri found its first lead in the third inning after an RBI single from sophomore infielder Sami Fagan and a two-run home run from sophomore outfielder Emily Crane.

The Tigers would give Finucane even more breathing room in the fifth inning when they packed on two more, due to junior infielder Angela Randazzo’s sacrifice fly and junior first baseman Kelsea Roth’s solo home run.

However, Finucane having a cushion quickly turned into a Tiger deficit, as Missouri’s 21-game winner allowed a grand slam to the Crimson Tide’s Kallie Case in the sixth inning.

But the Tiger bats just wouldn’t stop.

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Genovese, Finucane earn SEC honors

By Sam Richmond

The good times continued for the No. 15 Missouri softball team (38-13) on Monday.

A day after the team took the rubber match 5-4 against No. 3 Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Tiger shortstop Corrin Genovese and Tiger pitcher Tori Finucane took home Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively.

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Tigers take two versus Rebels


Story by Sam Richmond
Photos by Sam Hustis

The Missouri softball team grabbed two more victories in a doubleheader versus Ole Miss on Friday, April 19, 2014 at University Field.

The wins snap a two-game losing streak and put the Tigers at 34-12 overall and 11-6 in the Southeastern Conference.

The first game saw Missouri come out on top 5-3 in a nail-biter.

The Tigers were down to their final out with nobody on base when junior designated player Angela Randazzo singled sparking a rally. Junior shortstop Corrin Genovese followed with another base hit, leading to a 3-run walkoff home run by freshman third basemen Natalie Fleming.

Randazzo knocked in the Tigers’ other two runs from a first-inning double to right-center field.

Missouri received five innings of one-run ball from freshman pitcher Casey Stangel before senior Alora Marble earned the win by pitching the final two frames of relief. She allowed one hit and a run in the top of the seventh on an Ole Miss double-steal attempt from runners on first and third.

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Hudson’s grand slam spurs Mizzou to victory

By Karl Roskamp and Peter Terpstra 

The No. 11 Missouri Tigers found themselves in a deep hole Sunday afternoon but were able to dig themselves out, beating No. 4 Tennessee 12-8 in a halted game at University Field.

“That’s one of the coolest games I’ve ever been apart of as a player or a coach,” coach Ehren Earleywine said.

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Mizzou’s Thomas throws no-hitter as Tigers split doubleheader

By Karl Roskamp

With 1,540 people packed into University Field and many more watching the nationally-televised game, Chelsea Thomas pitched a no-hitter to lead No. 11 Missouri to a 2-0 victory in game one against No. 4 Tennessee.

“It’s pretty crazy.  It was a really fun night.  I’ll remember this night for a while,” Thomas said.

The game was her first solo no-hitter of the season and the eleventh of her career. The caliber of competition makes the performance even more special according to coach Ehren Earleywine.

“It’s as good as I can remember because Tennessee lights it up offensively,” he said.  “It was in front of a nice crowd, and it was an important game.  I thought it was extraordinary.”

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Three Mizzou softball players recognized for academics

By Karl Roskamp

No. 11 Missouri softball has not only been good on the field but also in the classroom this season.

On Friday, senior catcher Jenna Marston, junior outfielder Mackenzie Sykes and senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas were selected for the Capital One Academic All-District 6 team. The College Sports Information Directors of America select players based on athletic and academic performance.

An industrial engineering major, Marston has a 3.99 grade point average. She also ranks second in the Southeastern Conference in doubles (7) and on-base percentage (.500) this season. Marston has earned Academic All-District three times in her career and was named First Team Academic All-American last season. She was selected as a First Team Academic All-Big 12 in 2011 and 2012.

A sports management major, Sykes has a 3.92 GPA and is batting a career-best .333 this season. She also has hit seven home runs this season after hitting just four in her first two season. Sykes earned First Team Academic All-Big in 2012.

After obtaining an undergraduate degree in biology, Thomas is in graduate school for positive coaching and has a 3.37 GPA. She leads the SEC in earned run average at 1.31 and opponent batting average at .162.  Thomas earned Second Team Academic All-American in 2012 and has been Academic All-District twice. Thomas was First Team Academic All-Big 12 three times from 2010 to 2012.

First Team Academic All‐District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All‐America Team ballot, from which first, second and third team All‐America honorees will be selected later this month.

Friday’s game against No. 4 Tennessee was postponed due to adverse weather. Saturday’s game scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at noon at University Field are expected to be played.


Words on the walk-up: Mizzou players weigh in on their personal theme songs

By Zach Garcia and Karl Roskamp

SEC balls 2There’s a growing tradition within the classic day at the ballpark.

Joining the list of sunflower seeds, hot dogs and the occasional scorecard are walk-up songs. These snippets of popular songs introduce each batter as she or he strides to the plate prior to an at-bat.

From Harlem Shake to The Lion King, KBIA’s Zach Garcia and Karl Roskamp outline some of the most unique choices from Missouri’s softball and baseball teams.

EXTRA: Watch the videos that go with some of the featured players’ walk­-up song choices:

Mizzou’s Thomas wins fourth SEC weekly honor

By Karl Roskamp

Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas was named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week Monday.

The conference recognition is Thomas’ fourth of the season and the 16th of her career.  Thomas leads all SEC players in weekly awards this season, including three pitchers who have two honors apiece.

Thomas won her two starts against No. 11 LSU and picked up her SEC-leading 10th conference win.  Her record is currently 17-4.  She pitched 14 innings, struck out 23 batters, walked one and allowed three earned runs.

On Friday, Thomas struck out 13 batters and allowed two hits in a complete game as No. 12 Missouri’s beat LSU 6-1.  She pitched another complete game Sunday with 10 strikeouts as part of a 3-2 win.  Both wins came against senior Rachele Fico, who was selected over Thomas for the 2013 SEC Preseason All-Conference First Team.

The Pitcher of the Week honor comes on the heels of an exhausting weekend against Arkansas.  Last Friday and Saturday, Thomas pitched 15 innings, struck out 15, allowed one earned run and came away with one win and one loss.  On Sunday, coach Ehren Earleywine pulled her after three innings due to “fatigue.”

“I have to do a better job of managing Chelsea,” Earleywine said after Sunday’s loss.

He proposed a scenario where Thomas pitches only Friday and Sunday and not pitch at all on Saturday.

“Maybe (the team) just takes a loss on Saturday,” he said. “I need to keep her fresher because she’s running on fumes.”

Earleywine’s strategy played out as planned against LSU.  Missouri won both of Thomas’ starts and lost 8-0 in the Saturday game that senior Nicole Hudson pitched.

Thomas will have the opportunity to add to her resume as Missouri faces two ranked opponents in the next two weeks.  Missouri will face No. 17 Kentucky in a series this weekend in Lexington, Ky., and No. 5 Tennessee in a series at home next weekend.