NORMAN, Okla. - No. 17 Mizzou Softball split the two Saturday games at the Courtyard Marriott Tournament. The Tigers defeated Sam Houston State 10-0 in five innings in the opener, and fell to No. 1 Oklahoma 5-2 in the second game.
The Tigers got off to a hot start, putting up seven runs in the first two innings. In the first inning, a Kimberly Wert single to center field plated Brooke Wilmes, who had singled to extend her hitting streak to 14 games.
In the second inning, the Tigers put up six runs, a season-high for a single inning. After three consecutive walks to start the inning, Jenna Laird knocked a double into the left-center gap to bring home two runs, putting the score at 3-0. Brooke Wilmes then brought home another runner with a sacrifice fly to center and Cayla Kessinger followed that up with a single to center, scoring Laird. Kimberly Wert put the finishing touches on the inning with her seventh home run of the season, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead after two innings.
With the large lead, Sophie Dandola delivered her best pitching performance of the season. The Senior did not allow a hit until the fourth inning on an infield single. It was the New York-native's longest outing as a Mizzou Tiger.
Emma Raabe was able to put the run-rule victory into play in the top of the fourth inning. After a pair of walks and a single, Raabe stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. She drove a 1-2 pitch into the right-center gap that cleared the bases and gave Mizzou a 10-0 lead and put the run-rule in place.
Sophie Dandola delivered her best performance as a Mizzou Tiger. She earned the five-inning shutout victory.
Kimberly Wert went 3-for-3 at the plate and blasted her seventh home run of the season, taking the team lead. She drove in three runs in the contest and two runs.
Emma Raabe ripped a three-run double to close out the game for Mizzou.
Jenna Laird had a productive game for the Tigers, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs batted in.
11 of the 15 outs that Dandola delivered were by virtue of the groundout. She earned her first win of the season in her first start.
Mizzou drew six walks in the contest, the fifth time the Tigers have drawn six or more walks this season.
Mizzou put up double-digit runs for the third time this season.
The Tigers have five shutout victories on the season, compared to two in the 2020 season.
Tiger pitching has allowed zero runs in the last 27 innings.
In the second game of the day, the Tigers took on No. 1 Oklahoma. In the first inning, Mizzou was unable to get the bats going in the top half. In the bottom of the first, Oklahoma was able to quickly load the bases with nobody out. Freshman Laurin Krings was able to work out of the jam, allowing zero runs in the frame.
The Tigers were able to strike first, in the second inning, Emma Raabe drove a 1-2 pitch over the center field wall to make it 1-0. However, Oklahoma was able to strike back quickly with a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at one run apiece.
Neither team was able to push a run across in the third inning. In the bottom of the fourth, a bloop single fell in down the left field line, allowing an Oklahoma baserunner to score.
Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Oklahoma launched back-to-back solo home runs to start the inning, essentially putting the game out of reach at 4-1. Giselle Juarez quieted the Tiger bats in the contest, only allowing three hits and striking out 11 batters.
Mizzou fought back in the top of the sixth inning with a Kendyll Bailey solo home run to right-center, cutting the Sooner lead to two. Oklahoma answered once again with an RBI single through the left side that brought home another run, putting the score at 5-2, where it would stay.
Emma Raabe smacked her fourth home run of the season, equaling her career total entering the season.
Kendyll Bailey hit her first home run of the season.
NOTES In the second inning, Mizzou pitchers' streak of 28 consecutive scoreless innings was snapped with the solo home run.
Brooke Wilmes' 14-game hit streak was snapped.
The Tigers hit multiple home runs in a game for the ninth time this season.
Mizzou did not draw a walk for the first time this season.
Mizzou will play two games in the final day of the Courtyard Marriott Tournament, opening with Louisiana-Monroe at 10 am CT and finishing out the Tournament with a rematch against No. 1 Oklahoma.