Nebraska beats Missouri, forces deciding final game in softball regional

Sunday, May 18, 2014 | 3:33 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Nebraska ace Tatum Edwards continued her dominating weekend as the Cornhuskers forced the Tigers to a final and deciding game in the NCAA softball regionals on Sunday. 

Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine opted to start Alora Marble for the first time this month. Marble, a transfer from Southeast Missouri State, allowed 13 hits in the 11-4 Missouri defeat. 

Although Edwards gave up 10 hits, she contained the Tigers throughout the afternoon. On Saturday, she threw a no-hitter in an elimination game against Bradley. 

Nebraska became just the ninth team in the past 10 years to force an "if-necessary" game after losing the first game in regional play. Six of the previous eight teams went on to advance to the super regionals.

The Tigers will have another chance to clinch the regional championship Sunday afternoon as they expect to start freshman pitcher Casey Stangel. The winner of that game advances to super regional play in Tuscaloosa, Ala. 

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