No. 14 Missouri softball wins first two games

Friday, February 14, 2014 | 8:47 p.m. CST

WACO, TEXAS — The No. 14 Missouri softball team won its first two games of the season, defeating University of Alabama at Birmingham 8-1 and Iowa 2-1 on Friday at Baylor's Getterman Classic.

In the first game against Alabama, the Tigers were led offensively by junior third baseman/catcher Angela Randazzo, who hit a two-run home run in the first inning. Sophomore shortstop Sami Fagan also brought in a run by sophomore outfielder Taylor Gadbois with an RBI single in the first inning.

Junior infielder Corrin Genovese hit Missouri's second home run, giving the Tigers a 6-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning. Sophomore outfielder Sarah Moore's RBI single drove in freshman Kelli Schkade, who pinch ran after a walk by junior first baseman Kelsea Roth.

Freshman Tori Finucane started in the circle for the Tigers against Alabama, earning her first collegiate win in five shutout innings with three strikeouts and three hits allowed.

The Tigers were down 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning against Iowa in their second game. Randazzo again brought home a run with an RBI single to plate sophomore second baseman/outfielder Emily Crane.

Going into the eighth inning tied 1-1, Gadbois was placed on second, according to international tiebreak rules. Crane's RBI single brought Gadbois home for the win.

Freshman Casey Stangel pitched for Missouri against Iowa, securing her first collegiate win in eight innings in which she gave up four hits and had three strikeouts.

Missouri will face Lipscomb at 12:30 p.m. and Drake at 3 p.m. Saturday. They will finish the tournament against No. 16 Baylor at 11 a.m. Sunday.

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