Missouri softball wins Columbia regional

Sunday, May 20, 2012 | 4:50 p.m. CDT; updated 8:50 p.m. CDT, Sunday, May 20, 2012
Missouri softball has made winning the Columbia regional a routine occurrence, beating the Illinois State Redbirds 2-1 on Sunday at University Field to claim its fourth straight. The Tigers also won the regional the year before, although not in Columbia.

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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. 


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