Four Missouri softball players earn All-Region honors

Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 4:23 p.m. CDT

Four members of the Missouri softball team earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Southeast Region recognition Thursday.

Sophomore outfielder Emily Crane, freshman pitcher Tori Finucane and sophomore outfielder Taylor Gadbois earned second team recognition, and junior third baseman/catcher Angela Randazzo earned third team honors.

All four selections are career firsts for the Tigers.

Crane, who battled an MCL injury this season, posted nine doubles — a tie for second-best for Missouri — and four home runs. Her two-run homer against then-No. 6 Alabama helped the Tigers win 8-6 against the Tide on May 1. Crane also went 15-for-16 on stolen base attempts.

Finucane, the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, pitched to a 21-6 record. Her overall and SEC-only ERAs (1.73 and 2.03, respectively) are both second-best in the conference.

Gadbois batted a team-best .422 average this season, which ranks fourth in the SEC, after she went only .103 last season. She leads the conference with 45 stolen bases and ranks fourth nationally in stolen bases per game with 0.82.

Randazzo has hit nine doubles, two triples and six home runs for the Tigers this season. Her 26 walks rank second-best on the team.

Missouri begins NCAA Regional action against Bradley at 3 p.m. Friday at University Field.

 Supervising editor is Sean Morrison.

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