Missouri softball bounces back against Arizona
CATHEDRAL CITY, California - Following the team's largest loss of the season, the Missouri softball team bounced back against Arizona in a 3-1 victory in the team's final game of the Mary Nutter Classic.
Early scoring led by an RBI by Sami Fagan and strong pitching on the mound helped the Tigers to victory. Paige Lowary got the start for Missouri and pitched four innings allowing just one run on two hits before Tori Finucane took over and pitched five shutout innings.
The Tigers are now 8-2 overall with wins in six of their past seven games.
Fagan kicked off the scoring with a single into center field. The hit scored Taylor Gadbois as the Tigers took a one-run lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Missouri added another run later in the inning off a sacrifice fly by Amanda Sanchez with the bases loaded to make it 2-0 after the first inning.
Arizona cut the lead in half in the third inning thanks to a two-out hit past the diving Fagan scoring one to make it 2-1 in the third inning.
Taylor Gadbois stole her 11th base of the season and second of the game to start out the fifth inning for Missouri, but Fagan grounded out to end the inning.
Just an inning later, Angela Randazzo came through with a solo home run for her first of the season. Randazzo's homer was her 18th of her career and gave Missouri a 3-1 lead headed into the seventh inning.
Finucane closed the door for Missouri in the final inning with a fly out to end the game.
Missouri plays Notre Dame next to start the Citrus Class on Friday, Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m. CT.