COLUMBIA — The No. 16 Missouri softball team defeated No. 20 Auburn 4-2 to begin the series Friday in Auburn, Ala. Missouri is now 30-10 overall and 7-6 in Southeastern Conference play.
Junior Angela Randazzo led Missouri with a two-run home run. Also notable was junior third baseman Corrin Genovese, who went 3-for-3 with one run.
Auburn got on board first in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI double by junior outfielder Branndi Melero, giving Auburn a 1-0 lead.
After three innings with no runs for either team, a two-RBI single from Missouri sophomore shortstop Sami Fagan and a home run from Randazzo gave Missouri a 4-1 lead in the top of the fifth.
Auburn tallied another run in the bottom of the fifth with a sacrifice fly from freshman Kasey Cooper, but that would be it, and Missouri won 4-2.
Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane earned the win for Missouri. She pitched six innings with three strikeouts and six hits. Fellow freshman pitcher Casey Stangel earned the first save of the season for Missouri, allowing no hits and striking out one batter in the final frame.
The teams will play Game 2 of the series at noon Saturday.