The No. 17 Missouri softball team earned two wins on its first day of the Citrus Classic, defeating Bradley 1-0 and Syracuse 9-7 in eight innings Friday in Kissimmee, Fla. The team's overall record is now 9-3.
The game against Bradley remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore shortstop Sami Fagan got on base with a double, and junior third baseman and catcher Angela Randazzo's single scored Fagan to give the Tigers the only run of the game.
Freshman pitcher Casey Stangel earned the win for Missouri, pitching seven innings with three strikeouts and four hits allowed.
The game against Syracuse started more quickly for the Tigers, who scored three runs in the top of the first inning. A home run by senior outfielder Mackenzie Sykes scored Fagan and Randazzo to give Missouri a 3-0 lead.
Fagan scored again in the top of the third to bring the score to 4-0, but Syracuse answered in the bottom of the frame with a 3-RBI home run and then took a 5-4 lead in the fourth.
After battling for the lead, with the help of a fifth inning home run by sophomore second baseman/outfielder Emily Crane, an RBI single by Crane tied things up 6-6 in the sixth inning.
Going into a tie-breaking eighth inning after a scoreless seventh, Randazzo hit a three-RBI triple to give the Tigers a 9-6 lead. Syracuse managed just one run in the bottom of the inning, giving Missouri the 9-7 win.
Stangel again got the win in the circle, pitching 3 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and one hit.
Missouri continues the Citrus Classic against Illinois State at 12:15 p.m. and Radford at 2:30 p.m., both on Saturday.
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