May 3, 2009
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Columbia, Mo. - The Missouri softball team (42-9, 12-6) hung five runs in the third inning to finish its regular season with a 5-0 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers (34-16, 9-9). With the victory, the Tigers have secured the No. 2 seed for the Big 12 Tournament, while the Huskers will likely earn the No. 5 seed. The 2009 campaign marks Missouri's best Big 12 regular season finish, second, since winning the conference crown in 1997.
Freshman pitcher Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) threw her 12th complete game of the campaign and earned the win, her 11th of the year. Thomas struck out eight of the 27 batters she faced and allowed only three hits on the day. The solo shutout was Thomas' eighth of the season.
Missouri dug its way out of a two out situation to take the lead in the bottom of the third. The bases were loaded when Nebraska pitcher Molly Hill walked in the go ahead run. Designated player Lindsey Ubrun (Riverside, Calif.) then made her second appearance of the day at the plate and crushed the ball over the right field fence for her first grand slam of the season. The homer is Ubrun's team-leading 14th of the campaign and brings her career total to 30, a mark good enough for fourth best in the Missouri career home run record book.
The Tigers again proved aggressive around the bases and finished the afternoon contest with three stolen bases. Leadoff batter Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga.) had three swipes in the game, bringing her season total to 30, while Shana White (Columbia, Mo.) had one stolen base and is now 26-of-29 on the year. As a team, the Tigers have stolen 116 bags in 2009, the fifth best total in program history.
The final seeds for the 14th annual Big 12 Softball Championships, May 8-10, in Oklahoma City, Okla., will be announced Sunday evening following the Texas A&M vs. Texas game at 4 p.m. (CT). Missouri will begin its run through the conference bracket Saturday, May 9, at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium against the winner of game one (the No. 10 seed, Texas Tech, vs. the No. 7 seed, TBD).
***OF NOTE: The auction for Missouri softball's pink game day jerseys worn April 8 at home against Southern Illinois has come to a close. At the time of release, it was determined that $2,945 has been collected and will be donated to the Mid-Missouri chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Thank you to everyone who bid on a jersey and helped support such a worthy cause.***