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Mizzou Softball notches a Sunday afternoon win after a rough weekend for the diamond sports

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Baseball and softball struggle through the last weekend of winter

Weekends are supposed to be easy. Light. Fun. Relaxing. Maybe someone should remind the Mizzou diamond sports.

It was a tough weekend for baseball and softball, which combined to go 1-6 as Steve Bieser’s Tigers were swept at Vanderbilt and Larissa Anderson’s Tigers lost three of four games at their own tournament.

Let’s start with the men, shall we?

Mizzou Baseball had a chance to avoid a sweep against No. 4 Vanderbilt on Sunday, but fell victim to a four-run seventh inning and eventually dropped the final game of the series 7-4.

The Tigers were up 4-3 headed into the final innings of the game before the Commodores (17-2) finally broke through against Missouri’s bullpen.

To lead off the inning, Landry gave up a second pair of back-to-back home runs that put Vanderbilt up for good. After the homers, Landry was taken out of the game in favor of Carter Rustad, who made things worse.

A failed pickoff attempt scored one runner and put another in scoring position. The second runner later scored off a double.

Getting outscored 28-6 isn’t a great way to open SEC play, but it hurts especially bad when you had a win in the bag that late in the game. It’s a tough break for Mizzou, which falls to 12-5 on the season. They’ll head home next weekend, but the opponent — No. 3 Arkansas — won’t make things any easier on them.

Back in Columbia, things weren’t going much better for Larissa Anderson’s team. The Tigers welcomed No. 12 Northwestern, just-out-of-the-top-25 Stanford, and Ball State to CoMo for the Mizzou Classic and ended up with a less-than-classic performance. Missouri dropped their first three games (one to each opponent, the first two in extras) before closing out the weekend with a 5-0 win over Stanford.

Some of Mizzou’s struggles can be attributed to the loss of Casidy Chautmont, the Tigers’ best hitter.

Missouri will get a chance to rebound on Wednesday against Western Illinois before heading to Ole Mis next weekend.


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