Missouri softball claims SEC awards, including Finucane as Freshman of the Year

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 | 10:15 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Missouri softball team earned four Southeastern Conference honors Tuesday.

Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane, sophomore center fielder Taylor Gadbois and junior infielder Corrin Genovese earned All-SEC First Team recognition, with Finucane being named SEC Freshman of the Year. Senior left fielder Mackenzie Sykes earned SEC All-Defensive Team recognition.

Finucane's Freshman of the Year award is the program's second conference Freshman of the Year honor, with the first going to three-time All-American Rhea Taylor in the Big 12 Conference in 2008. Finucane has a 21-5 overall record with 11 SEC wins. Her overall ERA of 1.70 and her conference ERA of 2.03 rank second in the SEC. Finucane also earned Freshman All-SEC recognition.

Gadbois leads the SEC in stolen bases with 45 and ranks third in overall hits with 78. Her overall batting average of .424 ranks fourth in the SEC, and she is one of nine players in the conference to hit above .400.

Genovese built a .439 conference batting average. Sykes has a .977 conference fielding percentage in 44 chances. 

Third-seeded Missouri heads to the SEC Tournament to face sixth-seeded LSU at 10 a.m. Thursday in Columbia, S.C. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPNU.

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