Missouri softball team wins at Oklahoma State

Thursday, May 12, 2011 | 5:09 p.m. CDT; updated 5:25 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 12, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Missouri softball team moved one step closer to claiming a Big 12 Conference championship with a 5-1 victory Thursday at Oklahoma State. The game was a make-up of a game that had been canceled on May 1 because of rain.

On Thursday, Chelsea Thomas pitched a complete game to lead the No. 6 Tigers (44-7, 13-3) to the win over No. 22 Oklahoma State (37-15, 8-8), giving up four hits and recording eight strikeouts. Thomas improved her record to 26-5 this season.

Rhea Taylor recorded her 300th career hit in the top of the first inning to become the second player in the Big 12 to reach the mark. But it was Oklahoma State that took the lead in the bottom of the first inning.

The Tigers quickly responded in the second inning when senior outfielder Lisa Simmons hit a two-run home run to right field. Missouri recorded two more runs in the third and another in the fourth.

Missouri plays its last series of the season this weekend when it hosts Iowa State. Games are set for 2 p.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday. If the Tigers sweep the series, they will at least share the conference title with Texas.

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