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Softball Sweeps Illinois Tuesday in Braggin’ Rights Doubleheader

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri softball team (18-9) swept Illinois (16-9) in its Braggin’ Rights doubleheader Tuesday at the Mizzou Softball Stadium. Led by strong pitching performances from Jordan Weber and Laurin Krings, the Tigers topped Illinois, 3-2 and 7-0, Tuesday. 

Missouri 3, Illinois 2

Game 1 of the doubleheader was highlighted by starting pitcher Jordan Weber’s complete game —holding Illinois to only two runs on three hits. Alex Honnold went 2-for-4 with a single, double, run and an RBI in the Tiger’s 3-2 opener over Illinois.

The two teams battled in a pitcher’s duel, only allowing a combined six hits in the game.

The Tigers would get on the board early, scoring two on a throwing error on a bunt single by Chantice Phillipsto put the Tigers up 2-0 in the first frame. 

Mizzou added to its lead with an RBI double from Honnold to grow the margin to three runs in the fifth.

Illinois got on the board with an RBI from Kelly Ryono, and another run on a homer from Stevie Meade in the top of the seventh to make it a 3-2 ballgame. 

After surrendering the leadoff home run, Weber was able to close the game with a pair of strikeouts bookending a fly out.  

Weber finished with a season-high five strikeouts over seven innings. She improved to 4-4 in 2023 (36-20 in career). 

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