No. 24/25 Tigers sweep South Carolina
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Softball No. 24/25 University of Missouri (22-13, 3-5 SEC) completed South Carolina’s three-game sweep (18-17, 2-10 SEC) with a win 2 -1 Sunday. Kendyll Bailey The solo home run late in the third set made the difference.
“It’s always tough to sweep in the SEC, and it’s great to get back on track.” The head coach Larisa Anderson noted. “Great team effort and a great pitching performance from (Laurin) Krings again today a ball just slipped out of her hands but she threw them off balance with that change. It was great to have Emma (Nichols) come in and Overall, I’m really happy that we’re back on track and with the effort we’ve put in over the last three games.
The Tigers led 1-0 after the first inning for the third straight day. Jenna Laird led to the bottom of the first with a double return in the middle. With two withdrawals, Kimberley Wert doubled down the middle to score Laird from second. Alex Honnold isolated on the left, but she and Wert were stranded on base.
South Carolina charged the no-outs in the top of the second inning after a batting hit and back-to-back singles. Laurin Krings grounded the next batter in a 4-2-3 double play, getting the home and early out to hold the lead. She got the next batter swinging in, ending the threat.
Jordan Fabian put the Gamecocks on the board in the top of the third inning with a solo home run on the 12th pitch of the bat. Krings retired each of the next three batters to retire the team.
Kendyll Bailey put Mizzou back on top late in the third with a two-out solo home run to left field. Kimberley Wert and Alex Honnold each hit a single, but they were blocked on base after a strikeout ended the inning.
At the end of the fifth, Jenna Laird started with a triple to the center right to get things started. However, Mizzou was unable to get him to score after a lineout, a groundout at third and a groundout at pitcher.
Emma Nichols entered the seventh and caught her second save of the season, striking out all three batters she faced.
Kimberley Wert recorded a first-inning RBI in all three games of the series.
Wert went 2 for 2 that day with an RBI double and an intentional walk.
Jenna Laird recorded his second game of the year with several more on-base hits and the sixth of his career.
The shortstop went 2 for 3 on the afternoon with a double, a triple and a run scored. She leads the team with 12 multi-hit games during the season.
Kendyll Bailey extended his hitting streak to seven games with his solo home run in the third. She reached base safely in 11 straight games, the longest such streak of her career.
The Bailey homer was her eighth of the season, a career high for the grad student.
Laurin Krings picked up her 11th win of the season, tying her 2021 total. She also had her 122nd strikeout of the year, which ties her single-season record from the 2021 season.
Krings went six innings while allowing just one run and striking out six. She picked up two wins in a single SEC series for the first time in her career.
The Tigers sweep an SEC series for the first time this year. Mizzou swept the Gamecocks in consecutive seasons.
Missouri is now 14-9 against South Carolina all-time. The Tigers have won each of the last six games and eight of the last nine meetings.
Mizzou will be back in action Tuesday night against Kansas City. The first pitch is set for 5 p.m. at the Mizzou Softball game on SEC Network+.
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