Missouri awaits news about NCAA tournament

Sunday, May 13, 2007 | 10:28 a.m. CDT; updated 10:48 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 11, 2008
The Sooners’ Savannah Long slides safely into home as MU catcher Kathy Masterson takes the late throw.

The Missouri softball team will host an NCAA Regional selection watch party today, beginning at 2 p.m. at T.K. Brothers restaurant at 1412 Forum Boulevard.

The public is invited to attend.

The selection show, airing on ESPNews, will announce the field of 64 teams selected to compete in 16 regional tournaments across the country. The sites for the regional tournaments will also be announced and Missouri, most recently ranked 18th before a Big 12 semifinal loss to No. 2 Oklahoma,

could be chosen as a host site.

Missouri has made three NCAA Regional tournament appearances in the past four years and 10 NCAA Midwest Regional appearances in its history. In 2005, Missouri’s last regional appearance, the Tigers hosted the four-team field and advanced to the championship game of the tournament.

Missouri’s run in the Big 12 tournament ended Saturday

with a 7-1 loss to Oklahoma at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

The Sooners outhit the Tigers 10-2 with Missouri freshman Julie Silver collecting both of her team’s hits. She also scored Missouri’s only run in the sixth inning.

The Tigers (38-22) committed two errors.

Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine was named Big 12 Coach of the year, in a vote by the conference softball coaches. In his first season at Missouri, Earleywine led the Tigers to a third-place conference finish. In 2005, Earleywine was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in his second season at Georgia Tech.

Two Missouri players, juniors Amanda Renth and Jen Bruck also received first team All-Big 12 recognition. Redshirt junior Michaela Minnoe and freshman Julie Silver were named to the second team.

Seniors Kathy Masteron and Leanne Bowers were named to the ESPN the Magazine First Team All-District VII softball team by the college sports information

directors of America.

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