Feb. 28, 2014
No. 17 Mizzou 1, Bradley 0
|W - Stangel (3-1)||7.0||4||0||0||0||3|
|L - Hull (2-6)||6.0||6||1||1||2||0|
|MIZ - Fagan (2-for-3)||3||1||2||0||0||0|
|MIZ - Randazzo (1-for-2)||2||0||1||1||1||0|
#17 Mizzou 9, Syracuse 7 (8)
|W - Stangel (4-1)||3.2||1||1||0||2||5|
|L - O'Hara (3-3)||2.1||3||3||0||1||2|
|MIZ - Crane (3-for-5)||5||2||3||2||0||1|
|MIZ - Randazzo (1-for-3)||3||1||1||3||2||0|
KISSIMMEE, Fla.- No. 17 Mizzou Softball started the Citrus Classic with a 2-0 mark with wins over Bradley (1-0) and Syracuse (9-7) at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, improving its overall record to 9-3. The Tigers outlasted the Orange in a marathon, eight-inning, 3-hour, 15-minute game, with senior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) and sophomore 2B/OF Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) hitting home runs in the game. Junior 3B/C Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.) delivered a two-out, three-run triple in the top of the eighth inning to help secure the win vs. SU.
Freshman P/OF/1B Casey Stangel (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) picked up two victories in the circle to improve to 4-1, with the Tiger lefty striking out five batters in the final 3.2 innings vs. Syracuse.
It took until the sixth inning for Mizzou to get its deciding run against Bradley (5-11), and it was redshirt sophomore SS Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.) that started it off with a double to left center field. With two outs, Randazzo smacked a single between Bradley's third baseman and shortstop to bring home Fagan from third base to set the final score of 1-0. Fagan had inched closer to home plate on an earlier groundout.
Fagan was dialed in during the initial win vs. Bradley, batting 2-for-3 with the double and one run scored.
Stangel controlled much of the game from the circle, pitching the complete game (7.0 IP) shutout with just four hits allowed and zero walks issued for the win. Sykes drove in Mizzou's opening runs of its second game of the day with her second long ball of the season, as the Tigers took an early 3-0 lead on Syracuse in the first inning. Mizzou added a run in the top of the third when junior 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.) earned a walk with the bases loaded.
After yielding its lead to Syracuse in the bottom of the fourth inning, Mizzou knotted it back up with help from Crane, the team's RBI leader (13). Crane blasted her second home run of the season, a solo shot to center field in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game at 5-5.
Crane came up with another clutch hit in the sixth, helping tie the game at 6-6. After redshirt sophomore OF Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.) made it on base with an infield single to Syracuse's shortstop and stole her 11th base of the season to get into scoring position, Crane's single to center field brought her home.
Randazzo's triple broke the tie in the top of the eighth inning, giving Mizzou its 9-6 lead. Redshirt sophomore C/OF Carlie Rose (Nixa, Mo.) started the inning on second base due to the tournament using international tiebreaker rules. Gadbois beat out an infield single to third base, and Crane reached base on a fielding error to give Randazzo a chance with bases loaded.
Syracuse loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth and was able to single in a run to set the final score of 9-7. Stangel notched her fifth strikeout with a called third strike to end the game.
The Tigers continue at the Citrus Classic with Illinois State (12:15 p.m. CT) and Radford (2:30 p.m. CT) on Saturday, March 1.
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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