COLUMBIA — After losing in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game Saturday, Missouri is ranked No. 8 in the USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 6 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
Last week: Missouri played in its first SEC tournament last week at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Ky. Missouri's offense powered past Arkansas in the first game, beating the Gamecocks 8-0 in five innings. The semifinals set for Friday were moved to Saturday because of rain. With a fresh Chelsea Thomas in the circle, Missouri beat Tennessee 3-0 to advance to the SEC championship game against Florida.
This weekend at University Field
Game 1: Oregon State vs. Hofstra, 4 p.m.
Game 2: Missouri vs. Stony Brook, 6:30 p.m.
Game 3: winner Game 1 vs. winner Game 2, noon
Game 4: loser Game 1 vs. loser Game 2 (loser eliminated), 2:30 p.m.
Game 5: loser Game 3 vs. winner Game 4 (loser eliminated), 5 p.m.
Game 6: winner Game 3 vs. winner Game 5, 1 p.m.
Game 7: (if necessary), 3:30 p.m.
- Missouri's games will be simulcasted on KTGR Radio and Mizzou Network. All Columbia Regional games will be on ESPN3.
The Tigers' game against the Gators marked the first time a Missouri team in any sport played in an SEC championship game. After pitching seven innings earlier that day, Thomas was only able to throw two innings in the title game, turning the ball over to Missouri's relievers Lindsey Muller and Nicole Hudson. The relievers were no match for Florida's offense and the Gators won the game, and the championship, 10-4.
Thomas, catcher Jenna Marston, and first baseman Kelsea Roth were named to the SEC All-Tournament team. Marston hit three doubles in the tournament, putting her just four doubles shy of the all-time Tigers record. Roth went 3-for-7 with a home run in all three games the Tigers played.
This week: After receiving a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Missouri will host a regional this weekend in Columbia. Oregon State will play Hofstra in the first game Friday, followed by Stony Brook taking on Missouri. If Missouri advances to the super regionals the following weekend, Columbia will remain a host site.