The No. 15 Missouri softball team defeated No. 3 Florida 5-3 in Game 1 of the series Friday in Gainesville, Fla. The Tigers are now 37-12 overall and 13-6 in Southeastern Conference play.
Junior third baseman Angela Randazzo propelled Missouri's bats with a two-RBI double in the top of the fifth inning. Sophomore center fielder Taylor Gadbois went 3-for-4 with two runs to add to the effort.
Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane earned the win for the Tigers, pitching seven innings with six strikeouts, four hits and one walk. She allowed only one hit until the bottom of the seventh inning.
Missouri took an initial 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning with an RBI single by sophomore right fielder Emily Crane and a run off a groundout scored by Gadbois.
Randazzo's RBI double, followed by an RBI single by junior shortstop Corrin Genovese, gave the Tigers a 5-0 lead in the top of the fifth.
It took the Gators until the bottom of the seventh inning to score, but they didn't go down without a fight. Senior third baseman Stephanie Tofft hit a solo home run, and sophomore right fielder Taylore Fuller added a two-run homer in the frame to bring the final score to 5-3.
The teams are scheduled to play the second game of the series at noon on Saturday.