No. 15 Missouri softball falls to No. 3 Florida in second game of series

Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 4:54 p.m. CDT

The No. 15 Missouri softball team lost 9-4 to No. 3 Florida in Game 2 of a Southeastern Conference series Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. The Tigers are now 37-13 overall and 13-7 in the SEC.

Sophomore right fielder Emily Crane went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a double and led the Tigers at the plate.

Missouri took an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning with Crane's single, a run off a wild pitch and a two-RBI single by senior left fielder Mackenzie Sykes.

Junior Florida pitcher Lauren Haeger hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second to get the Gators on board, and in the bottom of the third, Florida put together a five-run burst to take the lead.

A fielder's choice play, an RBI single by junior outfielder Bailey Castro and a three-run homer by junior outfielder Briana Little put the game in favor of Florida.

It would stay that way.

The Gators extended their lead to 9-4 with another three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth, this time by Haeger. This prompted a pitching change for the Tigers, and senior Alora Marble came in for freshman Casey Stangel.

Stangel earned the loss for the Tigers, pitching 3 2/3 innings with three walks and seven hits allowed.

The teams will play the final game of the series Sunday at 10 a.m., with the winner taking the series.

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