COLUMBIA — The No. 16 Missouri softball team beat Fordham 8-0 in five innings in accordance with the run rule on Friday at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.
After two innings of several groundouts for both teams, the Tigers got on board with sophomore Emily Crane's RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. She scored sophomore outfielder Taylor Gadbois.
Junior third baseman/catcher Angela Randazzo, who went 3-3 for the game, continued the momentum with a single in the fourth inning. Junior infielder Corrin Genovese pinch ran, and freshman Casey Stangel's two-RBI home run scored them both, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
Still in the fourth, Gadbois singled and advanced to second on an error, scoring sophomore Carlie Rose to bring the score to 4-0.
Fordham struggled with errors throughout the game, committing five overall, which yielded three unearned runs.
In the fifth inning, Randazzo had an RBI double and scored on an error. Junior first baseman Kelsea Roth scored on a throwing error, and Crane scored on the same play.
Sophomore shortstop Sami Fagan then reached first on an error, and sophomore outfielder Sarah Moore scored to bring the final score to 8-0 in five innings. The game was then called in accordance with the run rule.
Senior pitcher Alora Marble got her first start and her first win for the Tigers, pitching five innings with just two hits allowed.
Missouri will continue the Mary Nutter Classic against San Diego State at 10:30 p.m. Friday. They will face No. 8 UCLA at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.