The Missouri softball team scored four runs in the top of the 12th inning to beat LSU 5-1 in the second game of the Columbia super regional Sunday, forcing a deciding third game in the contest to advance to the Women's College World Series.
Missouri ace Chelsea Thomas was uncharacteristically off-target in the Saturday super regional game against LSU, giving up 6 walks and hitting two batters.
The Missouri softball team lost 6-1 to LSU on Saturday in the first game of the Columbia super regional at University Field.
There were so many twists and turns in the way Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine recruited Corrin Genovese, the Tigers' award-winning freshman infielder almost didn't come to Columbia.
Freshman outfielder Kayla Kingsley started her first season with Missouri slowly and struggled with her hitting. But in regional tournament play last weekend, she led the Tigers at the plate, going 6-for-9.
Missouri will battle LSU for the super regional title this weekend in Columbia.
Missouri edged Illinois State 2-1 to win its fifth-straight regional championship. Missouri will host the super regional tournament next weekend, playing future Southeastern Conference opponent LSU.
The Tigers will host their third-straight super regional.
Chelsea Thomas was in control the entire game, striking out 10 Blue Demon batters and scattering five hits across nine shutout innings.
Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine has been waiting for freshman first baseman Kelsea Roth to get hot all season. In the sixth inning, she hit a two-run home run, and the Tigers went on to win 6-0.
The Tigers are known for their pitching and stellar defense, but the offense hasn't been as bright as it was during the regular season.
Not everyone in Missouri's dugout was happy about the Tigers' No. 9 seed in this season's NCAA softball tournament.
Chelsea Thomas, the Missouri softball team's junior ace has been named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time this season.
The Tigers host first round play for a fourth consecutive year.
Catcher Jenna Marston ended the mini-marathon with a sharp single up the middle in the 10th inning, plating sophomore Mackenzie Sykes, who scored the only run of the game from second base.
Senior Kristin Nottelmann, who two years ago led Missouri to its second consecutive College World Series, is now the No. 3 pitcher in the Tigers' rotation.
Thomas has thrown seven no-hitters and three perfect games in her career. By now, her fans, teammates and coaches are used to them.
Tigers juniors Jenna Marston and Nicole Hudson are known for playing pranks on their teammates. They're not mean-spirited, they just like having fun.
Missouri lost the first game of its doubleheader 8-3 Saturday but won the second 7-3.
Tigers coach Ehren Earleywine said he has been experimenting with his lineup because he can't find consistency from his players.