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Thinking Out Loud Saturday Sports: Earleywine talks about the 2015 softball season

University of Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine on April 16, 2012.

University of Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine is looking forward to a strong year from the pitching staff.

Missouri fielded a very young softball team last year and most of the team returns this year. KBIA Sports Director Darren Hellwege has a long conversation with Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine about what he thinks could be a really good 2015 season for the team, highlighted by depth at the pitching position.

Darren Hellwege logoThe team’s annual Black and Gold game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7 in Columbia. The team then hits the road for several weeks before its home opener on Wednesday, March 11, a double-header against Southeast Missouri State University.

The year that was: First half dominated by football success, Michael Sam, DGB troubles

2014’s top stories led by Sam, DGB dismissal, another football title

Part one of two parts

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

By Darren Hellwege

It’s been an extraordinary year in Missouri sports, both on and off the field of play. As 2015 begins, let’s look back at some of the biggest stories of each month of the last year.

January

The year began with a barn-burner of a football game with Mizzou beating Oklahoma State 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl. The Cowboys led in the final five minutes, but a Henry Josey touchdown put Mizzou ahead and a touchdown on a fumble return by Shane Ray cemented the victory. It was something of a torch-passing, as the final game of Kony Ealy and Michael Sam saw a big play by the Tigers’ next great lineman.

Also in January:

  • The men’s basketball team fell from top 25 after an emotional home loss to Georgia.
  • Pat Ivey named Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by a national organization.
  • MU Athletics Hall of Fame inducted Ashley Wysong (cross country) John Putnam (swimming) Aaron Crow (baseball) and Dan Pippen (basketball).
  • Wrestling bested Oklahoma in battle of top-10 teams
  • Women’s basketball upset Vanderbilt with freshman Kayla McDowell made key contributions off the bench
  • In gymnastics 11 personal bests were set or tied, including 9.90 on beam from Rachel Updike, as Mizzou fell just short against Arkansas

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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 Read more of this post

Tigers softball rolls to start the fall season

Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane pitches against Oklahoma State on March 22, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Finucane was given three SEC honors on Tuesday including Freshman Player of the Year.

Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane pitches against Oklahoma State on March 22, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Finucane was given three SEC honors in 2014, including Freshman Player of the Year.

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

The Missouri softball team began its fall season with a doubleheader against Crowder and Heartland Community College at University Field on Friday. The Tigers absolutely dominated all areas of the game as they beat Crowder 11-2 and Heartland 15-5.

Freshman Paige Lowary, who won Gatorade’s Softball Player of the Year in Iowa this past year, started the first game for the Tigers. She overpowered Crowder all afternoon, pitching five no-hit innings while striking out 10 batters. She walked two batters in the second inning, but quickly managed her way out of the jam.

Offensively, the Tigers were lead by catcher Sami Fagan, first baseman Kelsea Roth and utility player Natalie Fleming. Fagan and Fleming each had three runs batted in, while Roth lead the team with four. The Tigers had 11 hits to go with their 11 runs, including home runs from Roth and third baseman Alyssa Cousins.

The second game of the doubleheader provided similar results as the first. Sophomore pitcher Tori Finucane allowed one hit and no runs over five innings of work. Her strikeout total, while not as impressive as Lowary’s, was still solid at six.

The Tigers had offensive output by everyone in their second game. Nine Missouri players had at least one hit in the contest. The offense racked up 18 hits and had home runs from third baseman Amanda Sanchez and catcher Kirsten Mack.

The only struggling performer for Missouri was Cheyenne Baxter. Baxter pitched two innings, one in each game, and allowed all seven of the runs the Tigers allowed on the day. All seven runs were earned runs, but not detrimental to Missouri’s chances to win either game.

The Tigers will continue their fall season with another doubleheader against North Central Missouri College and Highland Community College on Friday, Sept. 26 at University Field at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.

Year in review:

The best players for Mizzou athletics this year

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

I walked away from Tiger sports for the summer on Sunday, the final event being a disappointing one —the MU softball team being swept by Nebraska. But all in all it was an exciting year for Tigers fans, from the rejuvenation of the Mizzou football program and undefeated regular season for Tiger volleyball, to a return to some great individual performances. While the Tigers golf team still has the NCAA championship ahead and several track athletes have also qualified for NCAAs, it’s time to take a look back at my thoughts for the best players and moments (and some not so great moments) for the major sports at MU and some unsung heroes from the sports that don’t get as much attention.

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Mizzou softball in review

Missouri pitcher Tori Finucane hugs Corrin Genovese after recording the final out on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo.  The Tigers will play Bradley University in the second game of the NCAA softball regional held at University Field on Friday at 4:00 p.m.

Missouri pitcher Tori Finucane hugs Corrin Genovese after recording the final out on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers will play Bradley in the second game of the NCAA softball regional at University Field on Friday at 3:00 p.m.

 

By Sam Richmond and Sam Hustis

KBIA Sports reporters Sam Richmond and Sam Hustis review the 2014 Missouri softball season and look ahead to the NCAA Tournament. After finishing 41-16 in the regular season and 15-9 in Southeastern Conference play, the Tigers will host one of the 16 NCAA Regional tournaments, at University Field starting Friday.

Former Big 12 foes Nebraska and Kansas will play at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by Missouri and Bradley at 3:00 p.m.

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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.

Finucane, three others receive All-SEC softball honors

Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane pitches against Oklahoma State on March 22, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Finucane was given three SEC honors on Tuesday including Freshman Player of the Year.

Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane pitches against Oklahoma State on March 22, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Finucane was given three SEC honors on Tuesday including Freshman Player of the Year.

The Southeastern Conference released its postseason softball awards on Tuesday, and Missouri freshman Tori Finucane was recognized in three categories. Infielder Corrin Genovese, outfielder Taylor Gadbois and outfielder Mackenzie Sykes join Finucane with All-SEC honors.

While receiving First Team and Freshman All-SEC honors, Finucane was recognized as the conference Freshman Player of the Year. This marks only the second Freshman POY award in program history as Finucane joins outfielder Rhea Taylor, who took home the award in 2008. Finucane compiled a 21-5 record, 1.70 ERA and 166 strikeouts during the regular season.

Genovese and Gadbois also received First Team All-SEC honors, and Sykes was named to the SEC All-Defensive team.

The No. 14 Tigers are in Columbia, S.C., for the SEC softball tournament and will face No. 25 Louisiana State in the second round at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Follow the link for a complete list of SEC award winners.

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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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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.

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