Mizzou Softball (40-14) posted an emphatic 9-0 run-rule victory over BYU on Thursday, advancing in the NCAA Columbia Regional winner’s bracket. The Tigers will host Nebraska on Friday for a second round matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. (CT) and will broadcast live on ESPNU.
Sophomore Amanda Sanchez (West Covina, Calif.) led Mizzou’s attack, going 2-for-2 with a grand slam in the second inning. Her five RBI matched a single game career high, originally set on April 29, 2015, against Northern Iowa.
Sanchez, redshirt senior Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.), senior Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) and freshman Regan Nash (Camden Point, Mo.) all recorded multi-hit efforts for the Tigers. Gadbois’ 2-for-3 night at the plate marked her 21st multi-hit game of the year, tying redshirt senior Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.) for the team lead.
The Tigers struck first as Sanchez tallied a first inning RBI single. Mizzou exploded for six more runs in the second inning, claiming an early 7-0 advantage over the Cougars.
Freshman Kolby Romaine (Chino Hills, Calif.) rocked her first double of the season, driving in fellow first-year Tiger Regan Nash (Camden Point, Mo.). Following a bases loaded walk by the BYU pitcher, Sanchez brought Mizzou fans to their feet with a grand slam to right field.
Mizzou continued its offensive surge in the third inning as Gadbois and Crane tallied RBI singles. Sophomore Paige Lowary (Dallas Center, Iowa) had all the run support she needed Thursday evening, as she tossed her 12th complete game and second shutout of the 2016 campaign. Lowary’s impressive night in the circle improved her season record to 23-6.
Over her last four appearances (three starts), Lowary has tossed scoreless frames in 24-of-26 innings.