Third-seeded Missouri’s stay in the SEC softball tournament was a short one.
The Tigers, 41-16 and ranked No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Softball poll, got roughed up 6-0 in quarterfinal action Thursday against sixth-seeded LSU, which is ranked No. 23 nationally, at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field in Columbia, S.C.
Missouri ace Tori Finucane, who was chosen the SEC freshman of the year on Monday, got tagged for two first-inning runs, and the defense committed three errors behind her in the loss.
A sputtering offense, which has been shut out in consecutive games and scored only one run during a three-game kid, managed only four hits with a walk against LSU ace Ashley Czechner.
Missouri has lost three in a row for the first time since a four-game skid in 2009 but remains well-positioned for a shot at being host to a regional when the NCAA Tournament selections are announced Sunday night.Finucane award finalist
Tori Finucane is one of 10 finalists for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s inaugural NCAA Division I national freshman of the year award. The award will be presented May 27 before the start of the 2014 NCAA Women’s College World Series, which begins May 29 in Oklahoma City. The list of finalists will be trimmed to three May 22.
Finucane is 21-6 with a 1.73 ERA in 32 games, including 29 starts. She has struck out 168 with 57 walks and a .223 opponents’ batting average in 190 1/3 innings.