After forcing a winner-take-all game by defeating UCLA 5-1 on Sunday afternoon, Missouri softball fell to the Bruins in the rubber match 13-1 in five innings in NCAA Regionals on Sunday night in Los Angeles. With the loss, the Tigers were eliminated from postseason play and finished the season 35-25.
UCLA wasted no time in bouncing back from its loss earlier in the day by plating three runs in the first inning of the nightcap. The Bruins added two runs in the second and three in the third before Missouri got on the board in the top of the fourth on a solo home run from Hatti Moore.
Moore’s home run was one of just two hits for the Tigers in Sunday’s second game, and UCLA responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to bring the game to its final score, 13-1.
Emma Raabe drew a walk with two outs in the top of the fifth to keep Missouri alive, but Brooke Wilmes grounded out to shortstop in the ensuing at-bat to end the game.
Errors aided the Bruins en route to their win — Missouri committed three errors — but 10 of their 13 runs were earned.
In Sunday’s first game, pitchers Madi Norman and Eli Daniel led the Tigers to their 5-1 victory. Norman got the start and the win; she pitched 4⅓ innings and allowed one run on four hits. Daniel pitched 2⅔ innings, allowed no runs on one hit and earned the save.
But Missouri was unable to maintain its momentum in the second game and was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. UCLA advances to the Super Regionals and will play Michigan or James Madison.