COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Gold tops black in annual MU softball scrimmage

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In Missouri softball's first game action since naming Gina Fogue its newest coach, the gold team topped the black 5-2 in the program's annual Black and Gold scrimmage Saturday at Devine Pavilion.

Senior infielder Paige Bange hit a two-RBI single off of sophomore Eli Daniel in the top of the first inning to give the black team an early 2-0 advantage.

The gold team roared back, however, using a first inning error and a second inning slam to deep left field by freshman outfielder Hatti Moore to tie it up at 2-2. Moore would go on to collect another RBI on a sixth-inning sacrifice fly.

Junior infielder Amanda Sanchez swatted another home run to left centerfield in the third and helped power the gold team's five-run comeback win. Daniel shined on the mound, notching a game-high four strikeouts for the gold team.

The Tigers make their official return to the diamond when they face San Jose State at the Kajikawa Classic in their regular season opener at 8:15 p.m. Thursday in Tempe, Arizona.

Columbia College scores a combined 15 runs to start the season

Columbia College's baseball team got off to a hot start on the 2018 season with a doubleheader sweep of Bethel University.

Senior pitcher Cody Ebert struck out seven batters and allowed one earned run in five innings of play, leading the Cougars to a 7-1 win in game one. Reigning American Midwest Conference Player of the Year senior Andrew Warner batted in two of the seven runs and went 2-3.

A four-run rally in the top of the seventh carried Columbia College to an 8-5 win in game two. Junior Ethan Howser and seniors Alex Del Rio and Reed Sprinkle each batted in two runs for the Cougars. Senior Dakota Stone struck out four in 3.1 innings of work and four relievers finished the game allowing a combined three hits.

Columbia College travels to Blue Mountain, Mississippi, for another doubleheader on Friday to play Blue Mountain College and Brescia University. The first game begins at 10 a.m.

Four Cougars earn spots at NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships

The Columbia College men's and women's Indoor Track and Field teams traveled to Bourbonnais, Illinois, for the Olivet Nazarene University Invitational.

Two players from both teams claimed automatic spots in the 2018 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships, which take place Mar. 1-3 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Sophomore Malik Holman finished first in the 1,000-meter run, earning his spot at the championships, and junior Tyler Lawson finished third in the 3,000-meter run to clinch his spot.

For the women, junior Abby Stricker and freshman Alexis Spikes finished second and third in the triple jump, respectively. Stricker's 11.85-meter jump is the third best in NAIA this season. Both jumps place the women in the championships.

The Cougars travel to Elsah, Ill. for the American Midwest Conference Championships at 8 a.m. Feb. 16.

A solid team effort not enough to lead the Tigers past No. 14 Georgia

In a matchup of top-25 teams, No. 23 Mizzou gymnastics fell to No. 14 Georgia by a team score of 197-195.850.

Sophomore Aspen Tucker carried the team with two season-high scores in all-around and on bars. She added a 9.800 score on the vault alongside junior Allison Bower. The team earned a season-high 49.050 score on beam, but it wasn't enough to close the small lead of the Bulldogs.

Another tough matchup comes the Tigers way when they face No. 2 LSU at the Hearnes Center at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Stephens College earns fourth win of the season

Stephens College basketball snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 61-46 win over Hannibal-LaGrange University.

It was a back-and-forth game for the first three quarters, but the Stars pulled out an 18-7 fourth quarter to finish the game. Two of the Stars' four wins this season have come against the Trojans, the first an 82-60 win in December.

Junior forward Briana Clark led Stephens College with 16 points, followed by sophomore guard Makenzie Jemes with 15. Sophomore forward Chalee Britt also added 12 points for the Stars.

Stephens College looks to win two in a row as they travel to Missouri Baptist University for a 5:30 p.m. game Thursday.

Missouri tennis goes 1-1 before long home stand

Missouri tennis (6-1) split a pair of matches Saturday in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The Tigers opened with a 4-2 loss to Virginia Tech (3-0), then finished with a 4-0 win over Radford (1-1).

Missouri now begins a massive 10-match home stand. The Tigers will not play outside of Columbia until March 15. Missouri opens the slate Feb. 10 with duals against Tulane and South Dakota State.

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