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COLUMBIA – Missouri softball defeated Illinois State 2-1 Sunday afternoon and is advancing to the super regionals of the NCAA Softball Tournament.
Behind Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, Chelsea Thomas, the Tigers completed a perfect weekend run through the Columbia regional only allowing one run.
Thomas was dominant in all three games. She threw 22 innings of one-run softball over the weekend, fanning 27 hitters, including the final batter, clinching the Tigers' fifth straight regional championship, and the fourth at-home Columbia Regional in a row.
Missouri will play host to the College Station regional champion, LSU, next weekend with the winner advancing to the 2012 Women's College World Series.