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No. 16 Missouri softball sweeps doubleheader at Evansville

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 9:19 p.m. CDT

The No. 16 Missouri softball team swept its doubleheader against Evansville, winning the first game 7-3 and the second 6-2 on Tuesday in Evansville, Ind. The Tigers' overall record improved to 15-5.

Junior first baseman Kelsea Roth led the Tigers at the plate in Game 1, going 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs. Sophomore outfielder Sarah Moore also hit a home run, and freshmen Casey Stangel and Kelli Schkade each hit doubles to add to the effort.

Evansville scored first with a run off a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second inning. Missouri tied things up in the third with an RBI single from sophomore second baseman and outfielder Emily Crane, scoring sophomore outfielder Taylor Gadbois.

Evansville took the lead again in the bottom of the fourth with two consecutive solo home runs, bringing the score to 3-1.

The Tigers answered back in the sixth, scoring four runs with Schkade's RBI double, Roth's two-RBI home run and Moore's home run. A run by Crane and Roth's second home run in the seventh brought the final score to 7-3.

Senior pitcher Alora Marble earned the win for the Tigers, pitching seven innings with three strikeouts and four hits.

In Game 2, freshman catcher Kirsten Mack led Missouri offensively with a two-RBI double to get the Tigers on the board in the top of the fourth. Gadbois and sophomore shortstop Sami Fagan added runs with an RBI single and a two-RBI single, respectively. Crane's sacrifice fly scored Gadbois to give Missouri a 6-0 lead.

Evansville scored two in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn't enough. The Tigers took the 6-2 win and the sweep.

Stangel earned the win for the Tigers, pitching seven innings with five strikeouts and six hits.

Missouri is scheduled to host Kentucky in its home opening series Friday through Sunday, starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at University Field.


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