Missouri will meet UCLA Sunday afternoon (4 p.m., ESPNU) on Championship Sunday in NCAA Regional play after shutting out Weber State 7-0 late Saturday night to stay alive.
Earlier Saturday, the Tigers fell to UCLA 9-1 in the double elimination format.
Against Weber State, centerfielder Brooke Wilmes collected three hits and scored two runs, and shortstop Jazmyn Rollin drove in three runs as Missouri scored four times in the third inning to take control. Sophomore Cassie Gasper (four innings, three hits) and junior Eli Daniel (three innings, six strikeouts) combined on the shutout.
"We came back and were resilient in game two," Coach Larissa Anderson said in a release. "I thought Cassie pitched well later on after a slow start, and Eli has really excelled in that closer role. Can't wait to go at UCLA again tomorrow. Games like that, on championship Sunday, is why I coach and why these girls practice all year. We will be ready."
In Saturday's first game, UCLA centerfielder Bubba Nickles hit a homerun on the first pitch UCLA saw for one of her five RBI as the Bruins run-ruled Missouri in five innings in Los Angeles.
After Nickles home run, Missouri gave up two more runs in the first inning on another UCLA home run, and the Tigers trailed 3-0 after one inning.
No. 2 UCLA added six more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, four of them coming on Nickles’ grand slam. The Tigers added one run in the top of the fifth, but it wasn’t enough and the game was called on the run rule.
Senior Madi Norman pitched all four innings for the Tigers, allowing nine runs, two earned, along with six hits, two walks and three strikeouts.
Regan Nash had the only Missouri RBI, a single through the right side in the top of the 5th inning that scored Geana Torres.
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