COLUMBIA — The No. 15 Missouri softball team defeated No. 13 Texas A&M 7-0 to begin Southeastern Conference play Friday in College Station, Texas. The Tigers are now 1-0 in the SEC and 13-3 overall.
Three home runs helped Missouri offensively, with a two-run homer by senior outfielder Mackenzie Sykes and a solo home run by junior third baseman/catcher Angela Randazzo in the top of the fourth. Junior first baseman Kelsea Roth added a solo blast in the top of the sixth.
The Tigers got on board in the first inning with an RBI single by sophomore shortstop Sami Fagan, scoring sophomore outfielder Taylor Gadbois.
Sophomore second baseman/outfielder Emily Crane doubled in the top of the fourth. Sykes' home run scored Crane, immediately followed by Randazzo's homer. Junior infielder Corrin Genovese reached on an error and scored freshmen Casey Stangel and Kirsten Mack to bring the score to 6-0.
Roth's solo home run in the sixth inning gave the Tigers their seventh run.
Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane earned the win for Missouri, pitching seven innings with seven strikeouts and only three hits.
The Tigers face the Aggies again for the second game of the series Saturday at 1 p.m., a change from the originally scheduled 4 p.m. start time. They'll finish the series at noon Sunday.
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