Junior right-hander Matt Stites is the first current Missouri Tiger drafted in this year's MLB Draft. He went 533rd overall.
The Missouri sophomore pitcher is a finalist for Honda Softball Sports Award.
The only run in Saturday's late WCWS game didn't come until the bottom of the 13th, when with two outs, Baylor's Holly Holl sent an 0-2 pitch from Missouri ace Chelsea Thomas over the outfield wall.
The end of the Tigers' run in the Women's College World Series brought the careers of nine seniors to a close. Since the departing seniors' arrival, Missouri has captured two Big 12 Championships and has made three appearances in the WCWS.
Defensive mistakes by No. 9 Oklahoma opened the door for Missouri. The Tigers will meet Baylor at 8:30 tonight.
Thursday’s loss to No. 4 Florida marked the Tigers' fifth consecutive loss at the Women’s College World Series. They play Oklahoma at 1:30 p.m on Saturday.
The league has decided to equally divide 76 percent of its income from television, an increase from the previous distribution of 57 percent of TV dollars among the former 12 teams.
Chelsea Thomas boasted a record of 31-6 coming into the Women's College World Series, and her 0.83 ERA led the nation. But Thursday, Thomas allowed six runs on eight hits in a 6-2 loss to Florida.
The Missouri softball team lost 6-2 to Florida in the opening round of the Women's College World Series on Thursday night in Oklahoma City.
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Tigers face the Gators in the opening game of the Women's College World Series on Thursday in Oklahoma City on Thursday.
Strong pitching and defense featured in first three opening round games of Women's College World Series.
The Big 12 Conference spent several months studying various possibilities before adopting a new plan for its men's and women's basketball tournaments at its annual meetings on Thursday.
No. 5 seed Missouri has appeared in the Women's College World Series the past two years without winning a game, while No. 4 Florida has gone to Oklahoma City the past three years but has yet to win it all. Missouri plays its first game of this year's World Series against Florida at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Big 12 Conference teams make up half of the field with four schools qualifying for this season's Women's College World Series.
Redshirt sophomore pitcher Chelsea Thomas, who was previously named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, was named to the first team. Junior Ashley Fleming was named to the second team, and Rhea Taylor was named to the third team.
The Amateur Softball Association of America announced Tuesday that outfielder Ashley Hansen of Stanford is the 2011 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas was one of three finalists for the award.
The No. 5 Missouri softball team opens the 2011 Women's College World Series against No. 4 Florida at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine ended up watching his team's victory on television, after his first-inning ejection.
The Tigers lost to the Aggies on a walk-off home run in extra innings. The loss means the Tigers will not make the NCAA tournament field.
A 6-3 win over Washington earned Missouri a spot in the Women's College World Series.