Feb. 16, 2014
#16 Baylor 2, #14 Mizzou 1
|L - Finucane (2-1)||3.0||6||1||1||1||2|
|W - Canion (4-2)||7.0||5||1||1||2||6|
|MIZ - Gadbois (2-for-4)||4||0||2||0||0||0|
|BAY - Thumann (3-for-4)||4||1||3||1||0||0|
WACO, Texas - No. 14 Mizzou Softball used a strong defensive effort to keep No. 16 Bayor at bay, but it was not enough to top the Bears in a close, 2-1 setback to finish Baylor's Getterman Classic on Sunday, Feb. 16. The Tigers finished their opening weekend of action with a stout 4-1 record, including strong wins over UAB (8-1) and Lipscomb (8-0 ), who are both currently receiving votes in the national polls.
Mizzou got on the Getterman Stadium scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning with a trio of infield hits, with the initial two going to BU's second baseman from redshirt sophomore 2B Ashtin Stephens (Blue Springs, Mo.) and redshirt sophomore OF Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.). With two outs, sophomore 2B/OF Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) legged out a tapped hit to BU pitcher Whitney Canion. After the close play at first base, Stephens was waved home and slid in for the score, making it 2-1 in favor of Baylor.
Baylor was able to score in its opening turn at the plate, using a sacrifice flyout to left field to bring in a runner from third base for a 1-0 lead.
The Bears (8-2) tacked on a second run for a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth when an infield single brought home a BU runner from third base. The score in the fourth came after Earleywine switched Stangel into the pitcher's circle from the designated player position.
Freshman P Tori Finucane (Germantown, Md.) took the loss (2-1) against the Bears, despite the Tiger newcomer's strong 3.0-inning, one run-allowed showing. Freshman P/OF/1B Casey Stangel (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) pitched the remaining 3.0 innings of the contest, allowing zero earned runs and scattering four hits.
Canion (4-2) went the distance for Baylor, allowing five Mizzou hits with six strikeouts during 7.0 innings of work.
Redshirt sophomore SS Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.), Finucane and junior 3B/C Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.) earned Getterman Classic All-Tournament recognition. Fagan knocked in five RBI during the event, while Finucane allowed just one run in three starts. Randazzo batted 5-for-11 (.455) with one home run to start her 2014 season.
The Tigers are next in action at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., from Thursday, Feb. 20-Saturday, Feb. 22. Mizzou will play five games in the event, facing Arizona, Baylor, Fordham, San Diego State and UCLA.
The Tigers' first home contests of the 2014 season will be against SEC foe Kentucky from March 14-16 at University Field. Season ticket renewals are currently ongoing, along with additional season ticket requests being taken. More information can be found here. Contact the Mizzou Ticket Office by phone at 1-800-CAT-PAWS (573-884-7297 in Mid-Missouri).
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