MU softball pitcher Tori Finucane picked SEC freshman of the year

05/06/2014 2:57 PM

05/06/2014 2:58 PM

Missouri ace Tori Finucane was chosen Tuesday as the SEC freshman of the year.

Finucane also was one of three Tigers selected to the first-team All-SEC softball team along with outfielder Taylor Gadbois and infielder Corrin Genovese.

Finucane, a freshman from Germantown, Md., is 21-5 overall, including 11 conference wins, with a 1.70 ERA. She has 166 strikeouts in 185 1/3 innings with 55 walks and a .219 opponents’ batting average.

Finucane, who also made the freshman All-SEC team, is the program’s second freshman of the year winner, joining three-time All-American Rhea Taylor, who won the Big 12’s top freshman award in 2008.

Gadbois leads the SEC with 45 stolen bases and ranks fourth in the conference with a .424 average, while Genovese batted .388 during the regular season with five home runs and 26 RBIs. Genovese batted .439 in SEC play.

Finally, left fielder Mackenzie Sykes, a Blue Springs graduate, landed on the SEC’s all-defensive team. She also was chosen for the SEC Community Service Team for her work with hospitalized children and the Special Olympics.

Missouri, 41-15 and 15-9 in the SEC, drew the No. 3 seed for the SEC Tournament, which begins Wednesday at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field in Columbia, S.C.

The Tigers open tourney play against sixth-seeded LSU at 10 a.m. Thursday on ESPNU.

Georgia sophomore third baseman Alex Hugo, an Olathe South graduate and transfer from Kansas, also made the first-team All-SEC. She is tied for first in the nation with 22 home runs this season.

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