CLEARWATER, Fla. – No. 5 Clemson and Missouri are the two remaining unbeaten teams at the 2024 NFCA Division I Leadoff Classic. The clash of the Tigers will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Field 8 in the winner-take-all matchup.
Clemson opened its day with a 7-3 win over Liberty before edging No. 15 Oregon, 3-2, live on MLB Network. The latter contest capped off a tripleheader of the first-ever live collegiate softball action on the Network.
Mizzou, who also was part of the MLB Network action, throttled Liberty 10-1 in game two of the tripleheader. The Tigers capped off their evening scoring six unanswered runs to erase a 3-0 deficit and upended South Alabama, 6-3. The final three came in the top of the seventh. A sac fly by Madison Walker pushed Mizzou ahead and Kara Daly extended the lead with a two-run blast.
Joining Clemson and Missouri with 2-0 showings on Saturday were Western Kentucky, No. 13 Utah and Indiana, improving to 3-1 on the opening weekend. The Hilltoppers scored seven runs in each of their wins over Army West Point (7-1) and NC State (7-2). The Utes opened the MLB Network tripleheader with a 9-3 win over Notre Dame and blanked North Carolina Central, 7-0 in their nightcap. The Hoosiers run-ruled the Black Knights, 11-3, before edging Kansas, 2-1.
Both South Alabama and Iowa posted 1-1 outings and sit at 3-1 with the above-mentioned teams. Also picking up wins on Saturday were Notre Dame, NC State and Central Arkansas. The win for the Wolfpack over Missouri State was the first of the tournament and the first of head coach Lindsay Leftwich’s head coaching career.
All games throughout the tournament are streamed live on NFCA Official Sponsor GameChanger’s app (free). The sole streaming provider will run live video streams, which can be viewed on a phone, tablet and desktop with games on Fields 8 & 9 featuring a multi-camera broadcast, play-by-play and analysis.
Check out the tournament central below for box scores, GameChanger links and the remainder of the schedule.
The final day of the tournament features eight contests with first pitch for six of those, including the title tilt, at 10:00 a.m. and the final two at 1:00 p.m.
The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its competitive Leadoff Classics, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from a highly-regarded Awards Program to a comprehensive drills database, to in-person events and a National Convention.