Missouri softball sweeps Texas A&M for 10th SEC victory of the season
Madi Norman and Cassie Gasper combined for eight strikeouts.
Apr. 23, 2019
Missouri (27-18, 10-8) finished off the weekend with its second-straight SEC shutout against Texas A&M (25-21, 3-15). The Tigers topped the Aggies 4-0 Saturday to sweep the series.
The Tigers’ offense got off to a quick start, scoring three runs in the first. Sophomore Hatti Moore hit a single to right field that drove in freshman Jazmyn Rollin on an error by the Aggies’ right fielder. Sophomore Kim Wert followed Moore up with a two-run shot to right, her 16th homer of the season. Missouri added to its lead in the fifth with an RBI single from Rollin.
Redshirt senior Madi Norman pitched five shutout innings. After walking the leadoff batter in the sixth, Norman was replaced with sophomore Cassie Gasper, who continued the shutout.
“She was able to work both zones,” coach Larissa Anderson said. “Kudos to Madi and how hard she has been working. When the batters see a pitcher over and over again they have the advantage. Madi counteracted to be able to throw different zones to keep them off balance.”
Norman, who is typically a groundout pitcher, came up big in the top of the fifth. With runners on first and second, Norman struck out two to get out of the inning. In her five innings, she struck out six and walked two.
"It was really great to get two strikeouts," Norman said. "Definitely not something I expected, I just wanted to get ground balls and get out of there, but it's always nice to strike people out and not make the defense work."
Missouri’s sweep over Texas A&M is the Tigers’ second SEC sweep of the season. Saturday’s win also marks the Tigers’ 10th conference win of the season, the first time the team has posted 10 SEC wins since 2016.
“Last year we didn’t have a lot of success in the SEC and being able to come out and sweep two SEC teams,” Norman said. “It’s unreal and with our home fans, it’s great.”
Edited by Emily Leiker | firstname.lastname@example.org