No. 9 overall seed Missouri is appearing in the NCAA super regional round for the third straight season and sixth time overall. The Tigers won all three games in their NCAA regional tournament defeating Illinois in the championship game Sunday. Missouri will play Oregon who upset No. 8 overall seed Georgia Tech in their regional.
Missouri is hosting the super regionals for the first time. The teams will play a best-of-three series with the winner advancing to the Women's College World Series.
Saturday, May 29
Game 1- 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 30
Game 2- Noon
Game 3- 2:30 (if necessary)
Where: University Field
Reserved Seating and parking permit for Lot U — $40
Adult GA — $15
Senior/youth/student GA — $10
Single-day reserved — $15
Adult GA — $10
Senior/youth/student — $7
TV: All three games will be broadcast on ESPN.
Online: All the games will be available on ESPN3.com
Radio: KCOU/ 88.1 and FM/KTGR 1580 AM
Series: Missouri leads Oregon 2-1. The Tigers and Ducks met in the San Diego Classic in 2009. Missouri won in nine innings 8-7.
Conference: Big 12
Missouri advanced to the Women's College World Series last season, and if it advances this season will making their fifth appearance. Ehren Earleywine is in his fourth season as the Tigers head coach and has a 186-64 record during his tenure. He broke a school record when he guided the Tigers to 50 wins last season and could surpass that total this season with a series victory over Oregon. Missouri has struggled against teams from the Pac-10 and has a 12-48 record against teams from the conference.
Players to Watch: OF Rhea Taylor (.457 Batting Average, 45 SB, 62 R), SS Jenna Marston (.376 BA, 52 RBIs, 45 R), OF/1B Ashley Fleming (.360 BA, 9 HR, 42 RBIs), 3B Nicole Hudson (.327 BA, 9 HR, 29 BB) P Kristin Nottelmann (22-7, .212 ERA, 150 K), Jana Hainey (10-2, 2.92 ERA).
Keys to Victory: The Tigers will need a solid performance from Nottelmann, who will start Saturday. She will need to keep her riseball and dropball in the mid-60s to overpower Oregon's hitters. She will also need to throw her changeup to keep their hitters off-balance and will need to throw her pitches for strikes, something she struggled to do earlier in the season.
Earleywine could start senior utility player Michaele Vock in this game. Oregon ace Jessica Moore primarily throws a drop ball, a pitch Vock likes to see and hits well.
Oregon is in their first super regional tournament since 1989. Playing in Columbia is an unfavorable situation for the Ducks, who are 5-10 on the road this season. Oregon finished last season 16-34 before first-year coach Mike White turned things around. Oregon is in a conference that has six teams in the top 25, and Oregon is ranked No. 20.
Players to Watch: OF Allie Burger (.397 BA, 35 R), OF Sam Pappas (.389 BA, 11 HR, 48 RBI, 11 SB), P Jessica Moore (16-11, 1.87 ERA, 232 Ks) P Brittany Rumfelt (5-0, 2.73 ERA)
Keys to Victory: Oregon will need to keep Missouri junior Rhea Taylor off the bases. Taylor leads the Big 12 with a .457 batting average, 45 stolen bases and 62 runs scored. Missouri junior Catherine Lee, who hits after Taylor is a solid low ball hitter which may not bode well for Oregon's ace.