Missouri softball team eliminated from NCAA tournament

Sunday, May 27, 2012 | 9:04 p.m. CDT; updated 1:26 a.m. CDT, Monday, May 28, 2012
Mackenzie Sykes warms up before stepping up to the plate during the third game of the NCAA super regional against LSU on Sunday at University Field.

COLUMBIA — The Missouri softball team lost 3-1 to LSU in the third game of the Columbia super regional Sunday at University Field to be eliminated from this season's NCAA Tournament.

Missouri, which finished its season at 47-14, had been trying to reach its fourth consecutive Women's College World Series.

Missouri took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Kayla Kingsley led off with a single then scored on a fielder's choice.

However, Missouri ace Chelsea Thomas, who had shined earlier Sunday afternoon in a 5-1 Game 2 victory that lasted 12 innings, seemed to run out of gas in the bottom of the third.

Thomas walked two batters and hit another, leaving the bases loaded with one out for LSU's Simone Heyward, who doubled to left center field to drive in three decisive runs.

Thomas let up another single before getting out of the inning, and Bailey Erwin replaced her in the fourth.

LSU's Rachele Fico, Saturday's Game 1 winner, kept Missouri quiet the rest of the way, striking out four and allowing only two hits in her seven innings.

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