By: Emma Tiedemann, KCOU Sports
The Missouri softball team faced Saint Louis University Wednesday for a shortened game due to rain.
Missouri, ranked No. 21 in the country and 6-4 in their last ten games, sent Tori Finucane to the circle to start the game. She set the first three batters down and finished the second inning with two strikeouts. Finucane ran into trouble in the third inning, allowing one run off of three hits. After earning her third strikeout of the day, she handed the ball over to Cheyenne Baxter with the score, 5-1 in Mizzou’s favor.
Baxter had a rough go of it in the fourth inning following Finucane, giving up a single, committed an error then walked two more batters before being pulled. She walked one batter in giving the Billikens another run. Baxter was followed by Paige Lowary who struck out the first batter she faced, but then gave up a grand slam by Allie Macfarlane, giving the Billikens a 6-5 edge. Lowary finished the game for the Tigers with five strikeouts, only one walk and three hits.
The Bilikens sent Brianna Lore to get things started for SLU. In her 18th appearance this season, she walked the first two batters she faced which resulted in a run scored for the Tigers, as Emily Crane scored off of a fielder’s choice. Lore gave up another leadoff walk in the second that was followed up by a home run by Kirsten Mack, her tenth of the season. Two more runs crossed the plate in the second inning, one the product of sacrifice fly by Sami Fagan and the other from an RBI double.
Laney Kneib started the third inning for SLU and walked her first batter but with some help defensively, was able to prevent any runs until the fourth inning. Taylor Gadbois, the lead off batter, reached second base on an error then with a Sami Fagan sacrifice fly, was able to tie things up at 6 runs between the two teams. A series of singles, walks and errors, four more runs crossed the plate for the Tigers in the fifth and sixth innings giving Mizzou a 10-6 edge over SLU.
The game was called in the seventh inning due to rain, just in time for the Tigers to top the Billikens, 10-6. The Tigers head to Athens, Georgia for a three game series versus the Bulldogs, April 3-5.