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Softball Drops Series Finale to Ole Miss Monday in Extras

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri softball team (25-20, 4-14 SEC) dropped its series finale to Ole Miss (26-19, 5-10 SEC), 7-5, in extra innings Monday evening at the Mizzou Softball Stadium. 

Trailing 5-2, the Tigers evened the contest with a three-run fifth to extend the game into extra innings. 

After back-to-back one-out walks to Alex Honnold and Kara Daly, Payton Jackson doubled home the pair of Tigers before Julia Crenshaw connected on a RBI triple to right to knot the game at 5-5. 

Ole Miss then captured the win in the ninth. After a scoreless eighth inning, the Rebels took the lead with a two-run homer to left from Keila Kamoku. 

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first. Jenna Laird led off with a double to left before scoring on an errant throw after stealing third. 

Ole Miss responded with a run of its own on a Lexie Brady RBI double in the second frame. Designated player Mya Stevenson then added a three-run homer to push the Rebels advantage to 4-1 in the fourth. 

In the bottom half of the fourth, Crenshaw led off with a solo shot to left to half the Ole Miss edge to 4-2.

Tenly Grisham scored on a passed ball in the fifth to put the Rebels lead at 5-2. 

Starter Laurin Krings retired five batters via strikeout — allowing seven hits in 4.2 innings while giving up four earned runs. Cierra Harrison came on in relief and held the Rebels scoreless for three-straight innings before the ninth. She registered four strikeouts, while letting up just two runs on four hits.

Offensively, Jenna Laird (2-for-5, one run, and one stolen base), Julia Crenshaw (2-for-3, two RBIs, run and a walk) and Maddie Gallagher (2-for-4) led the Tigers Monday.


• Laurin Krings surpassed 400 career strikeouts with five on the evening. She now has 402 strikeouts in her career as a Tiger. Krings is just five strikeouts away from her third career 100 strikeout season.

• Laurin Krings ranks 10th all-time for career strikeouts in Mizzou program history and is the 10th Tiger to overcome 400 strikeouts in a career. She overtook Cindy Tate (344 strikeout, 1980-83) for the 10th slot in the record books. 

• Jenna Laird (2-for-5), Julia Crenshaw (2-for-3) and Maddie Gallagher (2-for-4) each notched a pair of hits. 

• Payton Jackson, Kara Daly, and Katie Chester chipped in a hit each. 

• Julia Crenshaw went 2-for-3 with a triple and a home run, marking her 11th multi-hit game of the year. The triple was the first of her career at Mizzou. 

• Julia Crenshaw had two RBI for her ninth multi-RBI game of the season. She also posted her eighth home run of the campaign (nine career home runs).

• Julia Crenshaw extended her reached base streak to five games. 

• Jenna Laird and Payton Jackson each knocked doubles. For Laird, it was her seventh of the season while it was the fourth for Jackson.

• Payton Jackson pushed her hit streak to four games. She also had a season-best two RBI.

• Maddie Snider snagged her 10th stolen base of the season. 

• Both Kara Daly and Jenna Laird extended their reached base streaks to four games. 

• Maddie Gallagher (two hits) and Alex Honnold (walk) both extended their reached base streaks to nine games.

• Jenna Laird posted her 26th stolen base. She entered the contest ranked 15th in the NCAA (second in the SEC) for the category. 

• Ole Miss took the series on Mizzou, 2-1. The final two games were decided by a combined three runs.


The Tigers next face border rival Kansas on Wednesday night at Mizzou Softball Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 p.m., CT. The game will be broadcasted on SEC Network+ and feature Max Thoma and Brooke Wilmes in the booth. 

Wednesday’s matchup will also be available on radio on KTGR (105.1 FM, 100.5 FM, 1580 AM) with Andy Humphrey and Mickey Doolittle on the call. 


For all the latest on Mizzou Softball, stay tuned to and follow the team @MizzouSoftball (TwitterInstagramFacebook).

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This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics