University of Missouri

MU softball pitcher Tori Finucane picked SEC freshman of the year

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.