Bowers’ home run highlights Tigers’ win

Monday, February 9, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 1:13 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Missouri softball team beat Arkansas 5-3 in the last game of the Gator Invitational on Sunday in Gainesville, Fla.

Missouri led 4-0 after the first inning. Leanne Bowers, a freshman outfielder, scored two runs for the Tigers (2-3), including a lead-off home run. Heather Kunkel, Sarah Stringer and Morgan LeCluyse also scored in the first.

Bowers’ second run, off a single by leftfielder Ashley Hays in the fourth, turned out to be the winner.

Arkansas (1-4) made it 4-2 in the third with home runs by Kristen Patton and B.J. Southmayd. The Razorbacks closed to 5-3 on a RBI-single by B.J. Perry in the fifth.

Tigers junior Erin Kalka struck out 11 batters for the win. Her previous best was 10.

The game was moved from the campus of the University of Florida to Santa Fe Community College to avoid rain. The rain came anyway, and the game was called in the bottom of the seventh.

The Tigers will play in the Stanford Invitational next weekend.

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