The No. 16 Missouri softball team beat No. 14 Arizona 2-0 in the Tigers' first game of the Mary Nutter Classic on Thursday. The win over the previously unbeaten Wildcats (10-1) brought Missouri's overall record to 5-1.
Sophomore shortstop Sami Fagan got things started for the Tigers with a single in the top of the first inning. An RBI double by senior outfielder Mackenzie Sykes brought Fagan home to give Missouri a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers had a total of nine runners left on base for the game, but they didn't score again until the seventh inning. Sophomore outfielder/second baseman Emily Crane's RBI single scored sophomore outfielder Taylor Gadbois to bring the score to 2-0.
Missouri's five stolen bases helped them offensively, with three of these from Gadbois, one from Fagan and one from Crane.
Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane went seven innings with eight strikeouts and five hits in her third win for the Tigers.
Missouri played No. 15 Baylor in a quick turnaround game right after its win against Arizona and will face Fordham at 5:30 p.m. and San Diego State at 10:30 p.m. on Friday.