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Missouri tops Kansas 3-2 in softball

Missouri tops Kansas 3-2 in softball

February 11th, 2019 by News Tribune in Mizzou Sports

TEMPE, Ariz. — For a brief moment, the Missouri Tigers reclaimed bragging rights against a former rival.

The Missouri softball team wrapped up play in the Kajikawa Classic on Sunday, holding off the Kansas Jayhawks for a 3-2 win.

The Tigers trailed 1-0 after one inning, but they answered with two runs in the top of the second and led the rest of the game.

Gabby Garrison, pinch-running for Geana Torres, scored on a fielder's choice to put Missouri on the scoreboard. Brooke Wilmes' sacrifice fly to left field scored Callie Martin to put the Tigers ahead 2-1.

The score stayed that way until the top of the seventh. Missouri added what turned out to be a much-needed insurance run when Wilmes singled up the middle with two outs, scoring Jazmyn Rollin to make it a 3-1 game.

Kansas scored in the bottom half of the inning and put the tying run on third base, but relief pitcher Cassie Gasper struck out Shelby Gayre to end the game.

Madi Norman (Tipton High School) pitched six inning to earn the win, holding the Jayhawks scoreless in the second through sixth innings. She scattered eight hits and allowed just one run, striking out three and walking one.

The Tigers opened the Classic on Friday with a pair run-rule wins against Utah (9-0) and No. 12 Arizona State (8-0). On Saturday, they lost 6-1 to No. 25 Oregon and 4-3 in eight inning to Oregon State.

Missouri (3-2) begins play Friday in the Citrus Blossom Classic at Orlando, Fla.