Mizzou Softball Season Ends in Marathon Against Baylor
The Missouri Tigers were eliminated from Women’s College World Series play after a 13-inning, 1-0, loss to Baylor Saturday night.
Holly Holl’s second home run of the year, an opposite-field shot to left was Baylor’s first extra-base hit after seven singles, and broke the scoreless drought of the three-hour, 27-minute affair. Chelsea Thomas threw 192 pitches for Missouri, after throwing 91 in her win over Oklahoma earlier in the day, striking out a career-high 19. She finished one short of the WCWS record and six short of the school record for a single game.
The Tigers managaed just two hits offensively, with a single by Jenna Marston in the first, and Lisa Simmons’ line drive to right to start the 13th. Whitney Cannion gets the win for Baylor with 11 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched.
The loss for the Tigers comes after beating Oklahoma to stay alive earlier on Saturday by a score of 4-1.
The Tigers used three Oklahoma errors (four in all) to plate all four runs, and were backed by a much more consistent Chelsea Thomas who struck out six and scattered six hits for her 32nd win.
Missouri plated its first run in the second inning after a double steal by Shana White and Princess Krebs, as the throw to third went in to centerfield. White, who ran for Catherine Lee after she led off with a single, came in on the overthrow to give Mizzou the 1-0 lead.
The Tigers made it 2-0 after Brianna Turang’s relay throw to first base on an infield grounder reached the Sooner dugout, allowing Lee to score.
The biggest of the defensive miscues for Oklahoma was a botched rundown between third base and home plate, where Nicole Hudson scored after a failed suicide squeeze. OU catcher Dani Dobbs threw behind Hudson at third and the sophomore from Webb City came in to score after home plate was left vacant. The relay throw went past the plate allowing Ashley Fleming to also score on the play to make it 4-0.
OU’s lone run came in the seventh on a solo home run by Dobbs, and put runners at second and third with the tying run at the plate in the seventh. Thomas induced a game-ending popup from Turang to earn the win, tying her for the school’s all-time single season mark. Teresa Wilson won 32 games for Missouri in 1981.
Missouri’s win snapped a nine-game WCWS winless streak, and gave the program its first win since a 2-0 triumph over Utah in 1991. The Tigers are now 2-11 overall in WCWS play.
The Tigers’ season ends at 53-10, with the 53 being the most in school history.
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