Missouri softball suffers first loss of season

Sunday, February 16, 2014 | 7:45 p.m. CST

The Missouri softball team suffered its first loss of the season Sunday in a 2-1 defeat to 14th-ranked Baylor.

Sophomore second baseman Ashtin Stephens scored the Tigers' lone run of the day in the fifth inning on an infield hit delivered by Emily Crane. The Missouri offense struggled all afternoon against Whitney Canion, the Bears’ left-handed starting pitcher, mustering five total hits. Canion, Baylor’s all-time leader in wins and strikeouts, pitched all seven innings of the Bears’ victory, striking-out six Missouri batters.

Missouri freshman pitcher Tori Finucane (2-1) took the loss despite allowing just one earned run — a sacrifice-fly that came in the first frame — over three innings of work. Fellow freshman Casey Stangel pitched the final three innings for Missouri, allowing one unearned run on four hits.

The loss prevented No. 18 Missouri (4-1) from enjoying a perfect weekend at the Getterman Classic in Waco, Texas. The Tigers won’t have to wait long, though, for an opportunity to exact revenge. Baylor is one of five teams Missouri will face next weekend in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. The Tigers open play Thursday in the Cathedral City, Calif., tournament.

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