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Softball No. 13/15 earns Road Series victory over RV/RV South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Thanks to eight singles and a strong performance from the bullpen, the No. 13/15 University of Missouri softball team (39-14, 12-11 SEC) defeated RV/RV South Carolina (33-20, 8-15 SEC), 4 -2, Saturday at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field, to win game two of their three-game weekend set and secure the series victory.

The win is Mizzou’s 39th of the season (39-14, 12-11 SEC), while South Carolina’s record drops to 33-20 (8-15 SEC).

Freshman Stefania Abruscato went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, including an RBI single in the first inning. She recorded a career-best matching three hits on Saturday.

Senior Jenna Laird finished 2-for-4 in the win with two singles and a run scored.

Freshman Marissa McCannthe two-time SEC Freshman of the Week, earned her seventh win (7-4, 4-3 SEC) of the season, going 4.1 innings out of the bullpen, striking out four and allowing just two runs on six hits.

Mizzou’s offense started off hot in the game, with Laird and senior Alex Honold registering consecutive singles, before senior By Maddie Gallagher a sacrifice fly brought home Laird and gave the Tigers a run just three batters into the game.

Abruscato then plated Honnold with an RBI single as the Tigers team left the top of the first inning with a 2-0 lead.

Sophomore Cierra Harrison escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the first inning, leading to a pair of flyouts to preserve Mizzou’s lead.

After a brief 14-minute rain delay, South Carolina loaded the bases again in the bottom of the second inning, then McCann struck out the Gamecocks’ number three hitter on four pitchers, stifling another opposing rally.

The Tigers continued to capitalize on opportunities. After junior Julia Crenshaw achieved after catcher interference, back-to-back singles by Abruscato and junior Kara Daly would bring home the backstop in the top of the third.

South Carolina then scored the game’s first run in the third on an RBI single by Aniyah Black. With two on and two off, McCann induced a pop-up to end the inning, keeping Mizzou’s lead intact at 3-1.

Mizzou continued to use a small ball approach, with a Katie Chester RBI scored Crenshaw again with a single in the fifth.

Through five frames, MU had seven hits, all singles, three walks, and only two strikeouts. The approach put Mizzou ahead 4-1.

The Gamecocks scored another run in the bottom of the fifth, using a sacrifice fly by Alana Vawter to cut Missouri’s lead to two.

Taylor Pannell came on in the seventh inning and recorded three quick outs to collect her NCAA-leading 12th save of the season and secure the 4–2 victory for the Tigers.

GAME NOTES

  • Freshman Stefania Abruscato went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, including an RBI single in the first inning. She recorded a career-best matching three hits on Saturday.
  • Stefania Abruscato has now reached base safely in five straight games.
  • Stefania Abruscato posted her third multi-hit game of the season.
  • Jenna Laird finished 2-for-4 in the win with two hits, two stolen bases and a run scored. She has scored a hit in five straight games.
  • Alex Honold (1-for-3, run, walk, stolen base), Kara Daly (1-for-3, RBI) and Katie Chester (1-for-2, RBI) each posted a hit on Sunday.
  • From Abby Hay two walks marked a career high.
  • Maddie Gallagher, Stefania Abruscato, Kara DalyAnd Katie Chester all recorded RBIs in the win.
  • Kayley Lenger picked up her SEC-leading 18th HBP.
  • Alex Honold extended her reached base streak to nine games.
  • Freshman Marissa McCannthe two-time SEC Freshman of the Week, earned her seventh win (7-4, 4-3 SEC) of the season, going 4.1 innings out of the bullpen, striking out four and allowing just two runs on six hits.
  • Taylor Pannell recorded her NCAA-leading 12th save (sixth in SEC play) of the season.
  • Mizzou picked up its first SEC road series win of the campaign on Saturday.
  • All eight of Mizzou’s hits in the game were via singles.
  • MU’s lineup struck out just twice in 33 at-bats in the game.
  • With the win, the Tigers have won three of their last four SEC series. Saturday marked Mizzou’s first SEC road series win of the season.
  • Mizzou’s win gives them a 16-9 lead over South Carolina all-time.
  • Larissa Anderson earned her tenth career victory (10-4) against the Gamecocks in her coaching career.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Mizzou concludes its weekend series against the Gamecocks on Sunday at 2:00 PM, CT in Columbia, South Carolina. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+.
  • The Tigers next look to postseason play, starting with the 2024 SEC Tournament, scheduled for May 7-11 in Auburn, Alabama.

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