Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine says there were a lot of doubters, including himself, after the Tigers lost their ace to injury. But the Missouri players have proved their worth with an impressive NCAA regional win.
The Missouri softball team's 4-2 victory over Illinois on Sunday at University Field earned the Tigers their third-straight NCAA regional championship and sends them into next weekend's super regionals.
Sophomore Kristin Nottelmann earned the win in a 3-1 victory over Illinois on Saturday at University Field to advance Missouri to Sunday's regional championship game.
Missouri defeated Creighton 3-2 in the first round of the NCAA Regional tournament Friday at University Field.
Missouri ace sophomore Chelsea Thomas was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her right (throwing) wrist after pitching a complete game against Northwestern on March 21.
The Missouri softball team came up short in its attempt to win back-to-back Big 12 Conference tournament titles, falling to Oklahoma 9-0 on Sunday in the championship game.
Tigers defeat Texas 11-6 to advance and meet Oklahoma for title
Missouri freshman softball player Jenna Marston grew up watching her older brother play baseball for Principia High School in St. Louis where her father was coach. So when she went to high school, there was no doubt she was going to play baseball, too.
Sophomore pitcher Kristin Nottelmann pitched a complete game shutout against Nebraska.
The Missouri softball team was held to only four hits in a 5-2 loss against Nebraska on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb. The loss ended Missouri's seven-game winning streak.
The Missouri softball team continues to hammer opposing pitchers, sweeping a doubleheader Wednesday at Western Illinois 5-1 in Game 1 and 7-1 in Game 2.
Missouri sophomore Ashley Fleming was named the Big 12 Conference Softball Player of the Week and the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week on Tuesday.
The Tigers have improved offensively but coach Ehren Earleywine still believes the team has room to grow.
Missouri senior Jana Hainey pitched one of her best games of the season in a 9-2 victory over Baylor on Saturday at University Field.
Phil Bradley, a two-sport athlete at Missouri from 1977 to 1981 who went on to play in Major League Baseball, is a volunteer assistant for the school where he is a legend. To the softball team, Bradley's expertise is invaluable, and the players say he helps keep them grounded.
Freshman Ashlie Ortega usually gets playing time pinch running or pinch hitting in games where the Tigers have comfortable leads. Thursday, in a 5-0 win over Central Methodist, she got her first start after a good effort in batting practice.