The No. 14 Missouri Tigers softball team traveled down to Waco, Texas to take part of the Getterman’s Classic, with Drake, Iowa, UAB, Lipscomb, and host Baylor taking the diamond this weekend.
Mizzou kicked off the season with a doubleheader against UAB and Iowa, winning 8-1 over the Blazers and 2-1 over the Hawkeyes. In the early game, the Tigers jumped on UAB quickly with a 1st inning Home Run from Junior Angela Randazzo and an RBI Single from Sophomore Sami Fagan to make it 3-0. The scoring didn’t stop there, as Junior Corrin Genovese sent the ball over the left field wall to make it 6-0 in the 6th. Sophomore Sarah Moore followed it up with an RBI Single to make it 8-0, and it looked like the Tigers were heading for a shutout, but UAB’s Megan McGrath hit a home run over the left field wall to get the Blazers on the board, but it wouldn’t matter two outs later as the Tigers cruise to their first win of the year, 8-1 over UAB. Tori Finucane impressed in her collegiate debut, going 5.0 innings and striking out 3 for her first win as a College Softball player.
Less than 30 minutes later, the Tigers were back on the field to take on Iowa, who had suffered a 10-0 loss to Lipscomb earlier in the day. The Hawkeyes got on the board first with a quick Home Run in the first half inning, but both offenses stalled after that. Mizzou finally got on the board with Angela Randazzo lifting a single to left field to send home Emily Crane to knot the game at 1-1. Neither team could score in the 7th, sending the game to extra innings. Crane came back up to the plate and ripped a line drive up the middle to score Taylor Gadbois and finish the day at 2-0 with a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Hawkeyes. Freshman Casey Stangel got her first Collegiate win, throwing a complete game while striking out 3.
Missouri breezed through day 2 in Waco, starting with an 8-0 victory over Lipscomb that only lasted 5 innings. Emily Crane left the biggest impact on the day with a 2nd inning Grand Slam that gave her 4 of her 5 RBIs Saturday, and extending the Tigers lead to 7-0. After adding another run in the 4th, Mizzou got the run-rule victory over the Bison. Tori Finucane had another impressive outing, going 5.0 innings and allowing only 3 hits.
The Tigers picked up right where they left off in game number two vs. Drake with an explosive 1st inning, scoring eight runs behind RBIs from Sami Fagan, Kelli Schkade, and Mackenzie Sykes. Casey Stangel and Senior Alora Marble combined to one-hit the Bulldogs in the 5 innings affair as they run rule their second opponent on the day, 8-0.
The weekend wrapped up with Mizzou taking on the No. 16 Baylor Bears. The host-team got on the board first thanks to a sacrifice fly in the first, and kept the Tigers at bay behind the pitching of Whitney Canion, who threw a complete game while allowing only one earned run on the day. Missouri got on the board after Emily Crane legged out a dribbler to the pitcher that allowed Ashtin Stephens to score and put the Tigers within one. Canion’s strong pitching preventing the Tigers from scoring again, and the Bears would go on to win, 2-1. Tori Finucane took the loss for Mizzou after giving up 6 hits and an earned run in only 3 innings.
Missouri heads West this weekend to take part in the Mary Nutter Classic, with Baylor, Arizona, UCLA, Fordham, and San Diego State taking part in this tournament.