FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
@MizzouSoftball Tallies Doubleheader Sweep Over Highland CC
Kessinger tallies 4-for-5 effort with 2 HR in game two
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Softball continued 2016 Fall Ball action on Friday afternoon, sweeping Highland Community College in a doubleheader at University Field. The Tigers claimed game one, 7-0, and concluded their strong day with a game two 16-2 victory.
In game one of the doubleheader, the Tigers used three-run first inning and fourth inning efforts to garner a commanding lead. Mizzou’s offense was led by sophomore Rylee Pierce (Visalia, Calif.), as she recorded a home run and two runs scored.
Redshirt junior Anna Reed (Londell, Mo.) produced a game-high three hit effort, including a leadoff triple in the fourth inning. Freshman Braxton Burnside (Paragould, Ark.) and senior Chloe Rathburn (Mission Viejo, Calif.) joined Reed with multi-hit outings.
Senior Cheyenne Baxter (Norborne, Mo.) and redshirt sophomore Madi Norman (Tipton, Mo.) combined for the Tigers’ third consecutive fall shutout in the circle. Baxter earned the win, tossing 4.0 shutout innings with two strikeouts.
Norman’s 3.0 scoreless relief innings with team-high four strikeouts concluded Mizzou’s impressive pitching effort.
After a solid offensive showing in game one, Mizzou took another step forward in game two with 16 runs on 17 hits.
The Tigers’ fantastic attack was led by freshman Cayla Kessinger (Saugus, Calif.), as she went 4-for-5 with two home runs, one double, four runs scored and three RBI.
Similar to Kessinger, fellow freshman Burnside recorded her first fall home run of the season with a two-run blast in the third inning. Overall, Burnside went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, one double, one home run and two RBI in game two of the twin billing.
Pierce, Norman and sophomore Cosette Tomita (Oak Forest, Ill.) rounded out Mizzou’s multi-hit efforts at the plate.
In the circle, sophomore Danielle Baumgartner (Mexico, Mo.) pitched 4.0 perfect innings, retiring all 12 batters she faced. Freshman Parker Conrad (Winter Park, Fla.) earned the save with 3.0 innings of relief work. Conrad posted a team-high five strikeouts over her solid outing.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
@MizzouSoftball Posts Two More Fall Victories
Tigers conclude their Fall 2016 season on Friday, Oct. 28
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Softball hosted Central Methodist and Crowder College on Friday evening at University Field, claiming two more victories in its 2016 Fall campaign.
The Tigers defeated Central Methodist in game one, 11-1, followed by a 4-1 victory against Crowder College in game two.
In game one of the doubleheader, the Tigers struck early and often, putting up five runs in the first three innings combined. Mizzou added five additional runs in the fifth inning, pushing its already comfortable lead up to 10.
Sophomore Amanda Sanchez (West Covina, Calif.) got the ball rolling for Mizzou, with a solo home run in the first inning. Sanchez and sophomore Regan Nash (Camden Point, Mo.) both had a game-high three hits and two RBIs apiece.
Freshman Parker Conrad (Winter Park, Fla.) and sophomore Danielle Baumgartner (Mexico, Mo.) pitched a gem, holding Central Methodist to just one run, which was scored on an error in the fifth inning.
Conrad earned the win with 4.0 shutout innings and two strikeouts. Baumgartner came in and pitched 3.0 relief innings, striking out seven batters and closing out Mizzou’s impressive 11-1 victory.
After the offensive outburst in game one, Mizzou followed that up with a closely contested 4-1 victory in game two.
Nash produced the Tigers’ only RBI, as they came back from an early one-run deficit. Mizzou took the lead in the second inning, following consecutive fielding errors by Crowder College.
In the circle, senior Cheyenne Baxter (Norborne, Mo.) and redshirt sophomore Madi Norman (Tipton, Mo.) combined to give up only one run on three hits. Baxter pitched a solid 4.0 innings, striking out a game-high seven batters. Norman came in on relief, pitching 3.0 scoreless innings with no hits and earning a save as well.
Up Next Mizzou wraps up its 2016 Fall Schedule with a final doubleheader on Friday, Oct. 28. The Tigers will host Evangel University at 4 p.m. (CT), followed by a 6 p.m. (CT) contest against Jefferson College.
Visit MUTigers for the latest information on all things Mizzou Softball.
Source- Mizzou Athletics