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WACO, Texas — It was up to the host school to deny the Missouri Tigers the title in the Getterman Classic, and the Baylor Bears did just that.

Baylor snuck out a 2-1 win against Missouri on Sunday to snag the title at the Classic, giving the Tigers their first loss of the season.

After Baylor (8-2) opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first, the Bears got the only other run they would need in the fourth.

Missouri (4-1) scored its lone run in the fifth when Emily Crane’s infield hit scored Ashtin Stephens all the way from second.

Gaylor Gadbois had two of Missouri’s five hits in the game.

Tori Finucane, an all-tournament team member, took the loss for Missouri. She pitched the first three innings and gave up one earned run on six hits while walking one and striking out two. Casey Stangel worked the final three innings and gave up one unearned run on four hits with one walk and one strikeout.

The loss came on the heels of two wins Saturday for the Tigers.

In their first game of the day, the Tigers outhit Lipscomb 8-3 and posted an 8-0 win in a game shortened to five innings due to the run rule.

The Tigers got single runs in the first and fourth innings to go with a six-run explosion in the second.

Emily Crane had the biggest day for the Tigers at the plate, as she went 1-for-2 with five RBI. A run-scoring sacrifice fly in the first and a grand slam home run in the second accounted for all of her production.

Also for Missouri, Sami Fagan and Mackenzie Sykes had one hit and one RBI each, while Kelsea Roth chipped in with two hits.

The Tigers followed that up with another run-rule game, beating Drake 9-0 in five innings.

This time the Tigers did most of their damage in the first inning, scoring eight runs in the top of the first.

Fagan and Sykes had two hits and two RBI each, while Kelli Schkade had one hit and one RBI. The Tigers had just five hits in the contest, taking advantage of two walks, two hit batters and one error by Drake.

Stangel and Alora Marble (Blair Oaks High School) combined on a one-hitter for Missouri. Stangel got the win by pitching the first three innings, keeping the Bulldogs hitless while striking out one and walking one. Marble worked the final two innings, allowing the lone hit.

Angela Randazzo and Fagan joined Finucane on the all-tournament team.

The Tigers return to action Thursday through Saturday at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. The Tigers will play five games in the event, facing Arizona, Baylor, Fordham, San Diego State and UCLA.

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