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.
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.
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.
A 6-3 win over Washington earned Missouri a spot in the Women's College World Series.
The Tigers won Saturday night's game against Washington Huskies with a final score of 4-0.
Tim Muller, father of Missouri softball player Lindsey Muller, has created the ultimate fan cave on wheels. Parents, family members and friends of Missouri softball players tailgate together outside the bus before every game.
The No. 5 Missouri Tigers take on No. 12 Washington in a best-of-three series this weekend in Columbia. The series begins at 8 p.m. Saturday. If the Tigers win two, they will advance to the College World Series for the third year in a row.
After revamping her mechanics and adding two pitches, Chelsea Thomas became what she is today — a finalist for Player of the Year on the brink of leading Missouri to the Women's College World Series.
For the third time in as many years, the Missouri softball team is on the brink of unprecedented greatness, facing the Washington Huskies at home in the NCAA Super Regional on Saturday. With four straight conference championships and back-to-back Women's World Series appearances, the Tigers have already surpassed the success of most other Missouri teams.