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Mizzou sweeps OK State, Liberty by two runs combined

4 days ago
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CLEARWATER, Fla. - Mizzou Softball extended its win streak to an 8-0 start with a sweep of Saturday's opponents at the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational, at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex. Mizzou opened the afternoon with a 5-4 win over Liberty (1-6), before coming back from down two runs to defeat No. 16 Oklahoma State (5-3), 3-2 in the eighth inning.

LIBERTY RECAP

Turning Point

Tied 1-1 in the top of the sixth, Kendyll Bailey singled up the middle to get Cayla Kessinger and Jazmyn Rollin across the plate. Mizzou wouldn't look back from the 3-1 lead.

In the seventh inning, the Tigers would add two necessary insurance runs from Brooke Wilmes on a single from Rollin, and a RBI double from Kimberly Wert.

Top Tigers

  • Jazmyn Rollin finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate. She scored two runs.
  • Kendyll Bailey batted in a pair of runs, going 1-for-3 at the plate.
  • Jordan Weber picked up her second win, striking out three in 2.1 innings.
  • Eli Daniel picked up the save, retiring the one batter she faced.

OKLAHOMA STATE RECAP

Turning Point

Down 2-0 entering the top of the seventh, Mizzou's bats came alive in the final two frames. Three of the Tigers' five hits came in the seventh and eighth inning.

Kimberly Wert led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Megan Moll came on to pinch run for Wert, and she advanced to third on a single from Hatti Moore.

With no outs, Kendyll Bailey hit a grounder to the second baseman, that was thrown to first base for the first out. Moll charged for home, and the ball bounced off the catcher's glove and slid to the backstop after she was called safe. Moore had enough time to round third and reach home from second base.

Eli Daniel came on to pitch in the bottom of the seventh, striking out the side to send the game to the eighth inning. In the top of the eighth, Imani Myint scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch after starting the inning on second due to the international tie breaker.

Daniel allowed only one runner on thanks to a walk, with the final out being a flyout to Myint in right field.

Top Tigers

  • After loading the bases with only one out in the first inning, Megan Schumacher held Oklahoma State to only two runs the rest of the game. She struck out four batters in 6.0 innings in a no-decision.
  • Eli Daniel struck out five of the seven batters she faced to earn the win.
  • Hatti Moore was 2-for-2 at the plate. She, along with Megan Moll and Imani Myint scored runs for the Tigers.

Quotable

"I'm just so impressed with our team's fight," head coach Larissa Anderson said. "They had the grit and resolve to keep fighting. Their never-say-die attitude allowed them to scrape and score runs anyway they possible could. I thought Megan Schumacher had a great overall outing."

Notes

  • Mizzou is 8-0 for the first time since opening the 2014 campaign 8-0.
  • The Tigers improved to 2-0 on the season in extra-inning games. Both games were against ranked teams.
  • Entering the weekend, Mizzou had yet to play a one-run game. Both of Saturday's games were one-run victories.
  • The victory of Oklahoma State was Mizzou's first when trailing after six innings.
  • The Oklahoma State victory was only the second time the Tigers had been out-hit by their opponent this season.

Up Next

Mizzou looks to continue its strong start to season tomorrow against both Virginia Tech (Noon CT) and James Madison (5 p.m.). The Hokies are receiving votes in both the major polls, while James Madison is currently ranked 20th.