No. 17 Missouri softball adds two more wins in Citrus Classic

Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 7:42 p.m. CST

The No. 17 Missouri softball team beat Illinois State 11-10 and Radford 7-1 in its second day of the Citrus Classic on Saturday in Kissimmee, Fla. The Tigers improved to 11-3 overall.

Freshman pitcher and first baseman Casey Stangel's three-run home run gave the Tigers a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning against Illinois State, after senior outfielder Mackenzie Sykes' RBI single plated sophomore second baseman and outfielder Emily Crane to get the first run.

Illinois State answered back, though, with a run in the top of the second and then six more in the top of the third. Crane's RBI double in the bottom of the fourth scored sophomore shortstop Sami Fagan to bring the score to 7-5 in favor of the Redbirds.

Illinois State tallied three more runs in the top of the fifth, giving them a 10-5 lead. Coming down to the final frame for Missouri after a scoreless sixth inning, the Tigers scored six runs to snag the win. Crane's two-RBI single scored sophomore outfielder Taylor Gadbois and Corrin Genovese to secure the 11-10 victory.

Stangel earned the win in the circle for Missouri, pitching four innings with two strikeouts and five hits.

The Tigers started their second game strong as well, scoring three runs against Radford in the bottom of the first inning. Crane's three-RBI home run scored Gadbois and Fagan.

After Radford scored its only run in the top of the third, Missouri added a run in the fourth with an RBI single from Crane. A single from Gadbois gave the Tigers two more runs in the fifth, and an RBI single in the sixth from junior first baseman Kelsea Roth set the final score at 7-1.

Stangel again earned the win for the Tigers, pitching 4 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and six hits.

Missouri finishes the Citrus Classic against Ohio State at 9 a.m. Sunday.

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