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Mizzou scored a doubleheader on Saturday and lost a series at Georgia

ATHENS, Georgia (KMIZ)

No. No. 13 Mizzou Softball had two chances to earn a series victory over No. 9 Georgia on Saturday afternoon, but the Bulldogs won both games of the doubleheader 4-2 and handed the Tigers a series loss. Larissa Anderson’s squad is now 8-10 in SEC play and has an overall record of 35-13 with just six games remaining in the regular season.

In game one, Mizzou couldn’t take the lead and fell behind 2-0 in the second inning after a two-RBI double by Emily Digby. Jefferson City alumnus Kara Daly cut the deficit in half with a sacrifice fly in the fourth frame, but the Bulldogs responded in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run home run, courtesy of Sydney Chambley, to extend their lead to 4- 1. Rock Bridge alumnus Abby Hay got one run back for the Tigers with an RBI double, but Mizzou didn’t post another run in the game.

Hay and Alex Honnold combined for four of Mizzou’s seven goals. Together, Georgia as a team also recorded seven goals.

Cierra Harrison was blamed for the loss in the circle, giving up four runs on six hits in four innings of work. Lilly Whitten pitched two scoreless innings in relief and allowed only one hit.

In game two, Mizzou again fell behind early, but Daly and Hay erased Georgia’s lead and gave the Tigers a one-point lead. The former Jefferson City Jay and Rock Bridge Bruin hit solo home runs in the second and third inning respectively to give Mizzou a 2-1 lead. However, Georgia responded by scoring three points in the bottom half of the third frame, regaining the lead. While the Tigers managed to load the bases with just one out in the final inning, the Bulldogs managed to escape the jam and take the series win.

Honnold hit her 20th double of the season in this match, breaking the program’s doubles season record. She was one of three Tigers to post a multi-hit performance in this match, including Hay and Daly.

As a team, Mizzou defeated Georgia 8-3 in the game, but the Tigers made three mistakes on defense, leading to a pair of unearned runs.

Marissa McCann suffered the loss in the second game of the doubleheader, throwing only two innings and giving up two earned runs on three hits. Laurin Krings did not allow an earned run or hit in relief of McCann and struck out four.

Mizzou will then have a week to prepare for the final home series of the 2023-24 regular season. The Tigers will face Mississippi State in a three-game set beginning on Saturday, April 27 at 8:00 PM at Mizzou Softball Stadium.