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.
Missouri held off host Iowa State 6-5 on Sunday to give Tigers freshman pitcher Bailey Erwin a victory in her first Big 12 Conference start.
The Tigers are now 35-10 overall and 12-7 in Big 12 play. They will continue their series against Iowa State at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Freshman Ashtin Stephens and sophomore Mackenzie Sykes, two of the Tigers' best offensive players this season, attended Blue Springs High School, where they led the Wildcats to an undefeated state championship season in 2009.
Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas fell to 18-7 and the Tigers slipped to 11-7 in Big 12 Conference play with a 2-1 loss to the Sooners on Sunday in Norman, Okla.
Redshirt freshmen Alyssa Cousins, Taylor Gadbois and Carlie Rose can feel left out at times, but they've used their situation not only to develop as softball players but to become closer friends.
Most people weren't talking about the highlights of the Tigers split with Texas Tech on Saturday. They were talking about the umpires and the reaction they drew from the teams and fans.