Marble gets first win at Missouri

Former Blair Oaks standout Alora Marble picked up her first career win as a Missouri Tiger after throwing a complete-game shutout in an 8-0 win against Fordham on Friday.

Marble transferred to Missouri from Southeast Missouri State after going 33-23 in two years with the Redhawks.

Now a senior at Missouri, the 5-foot-8 right-hander is helping the Tigers get the season off to a hot start.

Missouri, the No. 16 team in the country, went 3-2 at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedra, Calif., to improve to 7-3 on the season.

The Tigers picked up wins against Arizona, Fordham and San Diego State, while falling to Baylor and UCLA.

Missouri opened its three-day road trip to the West Coast with a 2-0 win against No. 14 Arizona on Thursday.

The Wildcats, who came into the contest unbeaten, were baffled by freshman pitcher Tori Finucane, who recorded a season-best eight strikeouts. She allowed five hits and didn’t issue a walk in seven innings of work.

Sophomore Emily Crane had two hits and drove in a run, while Mackenzie Sykes added a hit and an RBI to lead the Tigers offensively.

Missouri then lost to Baylor for the second time in four days, falling to the No. 15 Bears 3-2.

Casey Stangel tossed six innings, allowing nine hits and just two runs in the setback for the Tigers. Taylor Gadbois was 3-for-4, while Sami Fagan was 2-for-4 with and drove in a run. Kirsten Mack also added a hit and an RBI to lead Missouri.

Missouri regrouped Friday as Marble and the Tigers rolled past Fordham in five innings before knocking off San Diego State 11-2 in another game that was called short due to the run rule. Marble (1-0) allowed two hits and didn’t issue a walk in her win.

Four different Tigers recorded three hits over the two games, including Sykes, who was 3-for-3 with two RBI in the win against SDSU. Gabois and Crane both went 3-for-5 while Angela Randazzo was 3-for-6 at the plate.

On Saturday, Missouri battled No. 8 UCLA (13-0) to the very end, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Bruins on a game-winning double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Sykes drove in two runs, while Gadbois and Fagan both notched two hits to lead the Tigers offensively.

Stangel threw four innings, allowing two runs and four hits. Finucane received the loss after surrendering two runs on one hit in 2 2/3 innings.

Missouri will now head to the Citrus Classic set for Friday through Sunday in Kissimmee, Fla. Missouri will face Bradley, Syracuse, Illinois State, Radford and Ohio State in the event.

The Tigers’ first home contests of the season will come against Southeastern Conference foe Kentucky on March 14.

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