No. 16 Missouri softball splits doubleheader with Mississippi State, takes series

Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 10:34 p.m. CDT; updated 10:50 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 5, 2014

The No. 16 Missouri softball team split its doubleheader with Mississippi State, losing the first game 9-3 and winning the second 8-1 to take the series on Saturday in Starkville, Miss.

The final game, originally scheduled for Sunday, was moved to Saturday to avoid adverse weather. The Tigers are now 27-10 overall and 6-6 in Southeastern Conference play.

Freshman Kelli Schkade led the Tigers, going 3-for-5 for the day with a triple and a home run. Senior left fielder Mackenzie Sykes added a double in the second game.

In the first game, the Tigers gave up three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Mississippi State's senior Sam Lenahan hit a two-run home run, followed by an RBI single from freshman Alexis Silkwood.

Missouri got on board in the third inning with an RBI single from junior Angela Randazzo. The Bulldogs answered back in the bottom of the frame with another RBI single from freshman Caroline Seitz and a run off a wild pitch scored by senior Logan Foulks.

The Tigers added one more in the fourth when Schkade scored on an error, but the Bulldogs again answered back, scoring four runs in the bottom of the frame to bring the score to 9-2.

An RBI single from junior third baseman Corrin Genovese gave Missouri another run in the seventh inning — but it wasn't enough, and the Tigers lost the first game 9-3.

Freshman pitcher Casey Stangel picked up the loss for Missouri, pitching 4 1/3 innings with two strikeouts on 11 hits.

In the second game, the Tigers scored first with a two-RBI single from sophomore second baseman Ashtin Stephens in the second inning.

They continued the scoring in the third with a two-RBI single from Genovese and two unearned runs. The Bulldogs scored their only run of the game on an RBI single from Lenahan in the bottom of the frame.

Genovese added another RBI single in the fourth, and Schkade's solo homer in the seventh brought the final score to 8-1.

Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane earned the win for Missouri, pitching seven innings with four strikeouts on nine hits.

The Tigers return home to face Western Illinois in a doubleheader Wednesday beginning at 3 p.m.

(Game 1 Box Score / Game 2 Box Score)

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