No. 14 Missouri softball improves to 4-0

Saturday, February 15, 2014 | 8:17 p.m. CST; updated 9:15 p.m. CST, Saturday, February 15, 2014

WACO, Texas — The No. 14 Missouri softball team defeated Lipscomb 8-0 and Drake 9-0 at Baylor's Getterman Classic on Saturday, improving to 4-0 overall. Both games ended in five innings in accordance with the run rule.

In the first game against Lipscomb, sophomore second baseman/outfielder Emily Crane led the Tigers offensively with five RBI. Her sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning brought sophomore Taylor Gadbois home, and her grand slam in the second inning gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

A double by senior outfielder Mackenzie Sykes in the bottom of the fourth scored junior infielder Corrin Genovese, who pinch ran for junior third baseman/catcher Angela Randazzo. This gave the Tigers the needed eighth run for the run rule to go into effect, ending the game in five innings instead of seven.

Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane earned her second collegiate win against Lipscomb, pitching five innings with two strikeouts and three hits allowed.

In the game against Drake, the Tigers started strong with eight runs in the top of the first inning. Sophomore shortstop Sami Fagan, freshman Kelli Schkade and Sykes led the Missouri bats, each with two RBI. Sykes' home run in the top of the second gave the Tigers a 9-0 lead.

Freshman pitcher Casey Stangel also picked up her second win for the Tigers, pitching three innings with one strikeout and zero hits allowed. Senior pitcher Alora Marble pitched the final two innings.

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